Nigeria registers 339 new cases of COVID-19, total infections exceeds 7,000 – television channels

A chart created by the Nigeria Disease Control Center on May 21, 2020, showing the country's COVID-19 statistics.

Nigeria registered 339 new cases of the new coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total infections to 7,016.

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The Nigeria Disease Control Center, in a tweet through its official account, confirmed the new figures.

According to the health agency, Lagos reported 139 new cases, Kano had 28, Oyo 28, Edo 25 and Katsina 22.

Other states with new cases include Kaduna with 18, Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 cases each, FCT with 11, eight in Gombe, five in Ogun, four in Bauchi and Nasarawa each, three in Delta, two in Ondo, and one in Rivers and Adamawa.

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The NCDC also reported that 67 patients were discharged, bringing the number of successfully treated cases to 1,907.

However, deaths also increased by 11, bringing the number of deaths in the country from the virus to 211.

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Earlier Thursday, the Presidential Task Force on the virus asked states to relax restrictions on coronaviruses because of Sallah's celebrations to be cautious.

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PTF President, Chief Mustapha, also asked all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during the festivities, in order not to cancel the earnings of the past few weeks.

Nigeria has been under some kind of blockade since March, while the federal and state governments are working to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

The new coronavirus has killed at least 329,799 people worldwide since the outbreak in China last December, according to a count of official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Thursday.

At least 5,049,390 cases of coronavirus have been reported in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,867,800 are now considered recovered.

The number of infections is almost double the number of 2,513,117 a month ago, on April 21.

Latin America, in particular, has seen a rapid increase in the number of cases, led largely by Brazil.

Since 1900 GMT Wednesday, there have been 4,563 new deaths and 106,338 new cases recorded worldwide. The countries with the highest number of new deaths were the United States with 1,280, Brazil with 888 and Mexico with 424.

The records, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only symptomatic or more severe cases.

The United States remains the country with the highest number of deaths in general, with 93,863 out of 1,562,714 cases. At least 294,312 people have been declared recovered.

After the USA, the countries most affected are Great Britain with 36,042 deaths in 250,908 cases, Italy with 32,486 in 228,006 cases, France with 28,215 deaths and 181,826 cases and Spain with 27,940 and 233,037 cases.

To date, China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has declared 4,634 deaths and 82,967 cases. It has 78,249 recovered cases.

The country with the highest mortality rate is Belgium, with 79 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Spain with 60, Italy 54, Great Britain 53 and France 43.

Overall, Europe has 170,776 deaths from 1,963,531 cases, the United States and Canada 100,087 deaths and 1,643,991 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 34,049 deaths from 617,811 cases, Asia 13,183 deaths from 401,458 cases, the Middle East 8,519 deaths from 315,935 cases, Africa 3,057 deaths 98,237 cases and Oceania 128 deaths out of 8,435 cases.

Corrections by national authorities or late publication of data mean that the figures updated in the last 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the results of the previous day.

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