The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,270 new infections of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 102, 601 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 81, 574 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,373.
As of Tuesday, more than 90.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 50.3 million of those considered recovered or resolved, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 case tracking tool. The global death toll stood at more than 1.9 million.
Senegal, according to a CBC update, is rushing to provide more hospital beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said.
A second wave of new infections and deaths hit record highs this month, forcing President Macky Sall to reimpose a state of emergency that bans gatherings and enforces mask wearing.
Meanwhile, in the Asia-Pacific region, Malaysia’s king declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday to curb the spread of COVID-19, a move that the opposition decried as an attempt by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to retain control amid a power struggle.
The emergency declaration, which allows the Muhyiddin government to introduce laws without parliamentary approval, comes a day after the prime minister announced a nationwide travel ban and a 14-day lockdown in the capital Kuala Lumpur and five states.
The small Pacific nation of Micronesia has reported its first case of the coronavirus after a crew member on a ship returning from the Philippines tested positive.
In an address to the nation, President David Panuelo said many people had heard the “alarming news” but the case has been contained at the border. He said the crew member on the government ship Chief Mailo has been isolated on board, that all other crew remain on board, and that the ship is being monitored daily by law enforcement.
New Zealand will soon require that travellers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand.
The new rules, which require travellers to have a negative test within 72 hours of departure, will be imposed on travellers from the US and the UK beginning Friday and most other countries soon after. Travellers from Australia and some Pacific nations will be exempted.