Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.24m As Death Toll Nears 30,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 685 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 131,242.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle late Sunday.

The number of cases recorded on Sunday is the least the NCDC has reported in the past four weeks after confirming 576 cases on Jan. 2, 2021.

The latest update takes the country’s infection tally to 131,242, the sixth-highest in Africa behind Ethiopia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and South Africa.

The agency sadly announced eight coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s number of deaths to 1.586.


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It stated that the new cases were reported across 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

NCDC said that Lagos state  recorded the highest number of the new cases with 355 infections, while Kaduna, Nasarawa and Kano confirmed 58, 46 and 40 new cases respectively.

Amongst other states with new cases were Akwa Ibom-33, Katsina-26, Ogun-25, Osun-21, Rivers-16, Edo-15, Oyo-13, Ondo-12, Borno-11, Ekiti-nine, Kebbi-three and Plateau-two.