The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed a total number of 216 new cases of COVID-19 the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus in the country.
The NCDC made the announcement Wednesdayesday night on its verified Twitter handle.
It said the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria is now 54,463 with 42,439 patients discharged and 1,027 deaths recorded.
Africa has more than 1.2 million cases and more than 29,000 deaths.
As of September 2, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 29,833. There are 1,259,547 confirmed infections and 1,001,156 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic will widen the poverty gap between women and men, pushing 47 million more women and girls into impoverished lives by next year, and undoing progress made in recent decades, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), about 70 per cent of domestic workers globally had lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 by June this year.
Nearly three in every five of the world’s poor women live in sub-Saharan Africa, and the region will continue to be home to the highest number of the world’s poorest after the pandemic.
Worldwide, the number of those diagnosed with COVID-19 has exceeded 25 million. According to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases is now more than 25.9 million. More than 860,000 people have died while 17.2 million have recovered.