Nigeria’s confirmed cases of coronavirus reached 59,287 on Saturday night following 160 fresh infections, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in an update.
Making the announcement via its Twitter handle, the government agency said 50,718 previously reported cases are now recovered and discharged.
Nigeria’s death toll from the coronavirus is now 1,113.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in an October 1 update via Twitter reported that total cases in Africa now stand at 1, 481, 225 while the total number of deaths is now 36, 143, while the recoveries are so far 1, 224, 397.
Meanwhile, the VOA reported that India reached a grim milestone of more than 100,000 dead from COVID-19 Saturday, while several European countries continue to struggle against a surge in cases, reporting record one-day increases.
Britain reported 12,872 new cases Saturday. The government said the jump was partly the result of technical issues that had delayed the reporting of cases from September 24 to October 1.
Even so, 12,872 is nearly twice the 6,968 cases reported Friday, and it smashed the previous biggest daily toll of 7,143, recorded Tuesday.
France also set a new daily record of confirmed coronavirus infections Saturday — nearly 17,000 — about 5,000 more than it reported Friday. It now has nearly 630,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The number of deaths rose to 32,171, the third highest in Europe after Britain and Italy, also according to Johns Hopkins.
Ireland reported 613 new cases, the most in a day since April when it was in lockdown, the acting chief medical officer said Saturday. Ireland, a nation of not quite 5 million people, now has more than 37,000 cases, Johns Hopkins said.
Like most of Europe, Ireland has seen a steady increase in infections since the end of July and has tightened restrictions as a result, including banning all indoor restaurant dining and most trips in and out of the capital, Dublin.
While the United States of America has reportedly recorded more than 7.3 million cases and over 200,000 deaths the global caseload is more than 34.7 million with over a million deaths.