At least 595 more people have been infected with the coronavirus in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. Announcing the new numbers in a Monday night update via tweet, the agency said that 744 deaths have so far been recorded in the country, while the number of confirmed cases now stands at 33,153.
The number of those so far discharged after testing negative to the virus is 13,671.
Lagos, the epicentre of the virus in the country, recorded the highest number with 156 cases, followed closely by Oyo with 141 cases, FCT-99, Edo-47, Kaduna-27, Ondo-22, Rivers-20, Osun-17, Imo-13 and Plateau-10. Other states with new infections are: Nasarawa-8,Anambra-8, Kano-5, Benue-5, Borno-5, Ogun-4, Taraba-3, Gombe-3, Kebbi-1 and Cross Rivers-1.
As of July 13, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the African continent stood at 13,238. There are 594,841 confirmed infections and 297,480 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The World Health Organization has warned the pandemic could get far worse if countries around the world do not follow basic healthcare precautions. “The virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.
More than 13 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly 572,000 have died, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. The United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Italy have recorded the most deaths.