Nigeria has recorded 562 fresh cases of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 37,225 in Nigeria. Making an update Monday night via its twitter handle the agency announced that 801 deaths have so far been recorded in the country, while 15,333 patients have been discharged after testing negative to the virus.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded the highest number of new cases this time with 102, while Lagos followed with 100. The other states with double digits on the list are
Plateau-52, Kwara-50, Abia-47, Kaduna-35, Benue-34, Oyo-26, Ebonyi-24, Kano-16, Niger-15, Anambra-14, Gombe-12 and Edo-11.
While Rivers-6, Nasarawa-5, Delta-5, Borno-3, Enugu- 2, Bauchi-2 and Kebbi- 1 all got listed with single digits.
As of July 19, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the African continent stood at 14,937. The continent remains the world’s second-least affected after Oceania.
But that is changing rapidly particularly in South Africa where a surge of 13,373 new cases, the fourth-largest globally, was reported Saturday.
So far, the continent has reported 701,573 confirmed infections and 369,120 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 14.6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 608,637 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded nearly 141,000 deaths, the most in the world.
But there is some good news. Scientists at the University of Oxford say their experimental coronavirus vaccine prompted a protective immune response in an early trial involving hundreds of people.