As of Sunday, August 9, Nigeria recorded 437 new COVID-19 cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus infections now stand at 46,577.
The NCDC made the announcement via its twitter handle, adding that 945 people have so far died from the virus in the country, while it put the number of recoveries at 33,186.
In Africa, South Africa’s number of confirmed coronavirus deaths has surpassed 10,000. The Health Department said the country with the world’s fifth-largest caseload now has 553,188 cases and 10,210 deaths.
South Africa makes up more than half the infections on the African continent, where the total number of cases this past week surpassed one million. Experts say the actual number of cases is several times that amount, given the shortage of testing materials and people can have the virus without symptoms.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases tops 19.7 million and more than 728,000 people have died. The United States has had the most cases, with more than 5 million, followed by Brazil with more than 3 million and India with more than 2.1 million.