The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 501 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 78,434 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 68,303 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,221, with an additional 6 people succumbing to the virus.
As of Sunday, more than 76.3 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 42.7 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a COVID-19 tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The global death toll stood at more than 1.6 million.
According to the VOA, the US continues to lead the world in case numbers at 17.6 million, followed by India with 10 million and Brazil with 7.2 million.
“We can’t continue with Christmas as planned,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday as he announced new restrictions for London and southern England, where a mutant strain of the coronavirus is spreading and where there is now a virtual lockdown, with people urged to stay home.
All nonessential stores in the region are set to close, and people should not enter or leave the British capital or large parts of southeastern England.
South Korea recorded 1,097 new infections Sunday, the fifth consecutive day it recorded more than 1,000 new cases.
A South Korean Justice Ministry official said an outbreak at a prison in Seoul has infected 184 prisoners and one worker.
Starting Monday, the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland are banning people arriving from Sydney, where a 70-person coronavirus cluster has emerged in its northern beach suburbs which have now been placed under a strict lockdown until Christmas Eve.
Thailand said Sunday it will test more than 10,000 people in the southwestern province of Samu Sakhon after a daily surge of more than 500.