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Health News of Friday, 26 March 2021


Nigeria records five coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

Over 11,000 active cases in the country Over 11,000 active cases in the country

Nigeria has recorded five COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours.

This is according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which announced this on Thursday night.

This comes six days after nobody died from the highly infectious disease.

With the five new deaths, the total fatalities in the country have risen to 2,036.

According to the health agency, the new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They are Lagos – 50, Kaduna – 12, FCT – 10, Bayelsa – 8, Imo and Kwara – 3, Bauchi and Osun – 2, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Kano, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara each have one case.

The country has tested 1,727, 467 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.

More than two-thirds of the 161,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria has recovered after treatment.

Meanwhile, over 11,000 infections are still active in the country.

Global UpdateThe novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,745,337 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

At least 124,813,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Wednesday, 10,063 new deaths and 624,777 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the newest deaths were Brazil with 2,009 new deaths, followed by the United States with 1,362 and Mexico with 579.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 545,282 deaths from 30,011,551 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 300,685 deaths from 12,220,011 cases, Mexico with 199,627 deaths from 2,208,755 cases, India with 160,692 deaths from 11,787,534 cases, and the United Kingdom with 126,382 deaths from 4,312,908 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is the Czech Republic with 238 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium with 197, Hungary 196, Montenegro 195 and Slovenia 192.

Europe overall has 932,228 deaths from 42,157,651 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 753,603 deaths from 23,955,190 infections, and the United States and Canada 568,035 deaths from 30,956,316 cases.

Asia has reported 267,927 deaths from 17,286,152 cases, the Middle East 111,697 deaths from 6,283,786 cases, Africa 110,871 deaths from 4,138,525 cases, and Oceania 976 deaths from 35,541 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.