Nigeria, Ghana, three others top list of countries with highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa

Nigeria, Ghana, three others top list of countries with highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa

- Only five countries account for the majority of COVID-19 cases in West Africa, according to the DG of the West African Health Organisation, Professor Stanley Okolo

- Okolo said the five countries are responsible for 80% of COVID-19 cases in the region

- The health expert also mentioned that younger people accounted for more of the cases

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Nigeria and four other countries are responsible for 80% of COVID-19 cases in West Africa, according to the director-general of the West African Health Organisation, Professor Stanley Okolo.

Vanguard reports that Professor Okolo made this disclosure while making a presentation to parliament.

Legit.ng gathers that the five countries are:

1. Nigeria

2. Ghana

3. Cote d’Ivoire

4. Senegal

5. Guinea

Okolo said as of Thursday, July 16, the five countries recorded 84,118 cases out of the 96,936 cases in the region.

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Nigeria, Ghana, three others top list of countries with highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa

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He noted that the case fatality rate for the region was currently at a median of about 2.16 per cent and an average of 1.6 per cent.

The health expert also mentioned that younger people accounted for more of the cases.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lagos is Nigeria's epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, having 14,009 out of the 38,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

According to the latest available data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has 11,742 actives cases, 2,075 recoveries and 192 deaths.

However, just like the situation is nationwide, the COVID-19 cases in Lagos are not evenly spread across all the local government areas in the state.

Though Lagos has 20 local government areas, 60% of the COVID-19 cases in the state are in only five local councils, according to the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, on Thursday, July 23.

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The top five LGAs with the most COVID-19 patients in Lagos, according to the health commissioner, are Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikeja, and Oshodi-Isolo.

Meanwhile, Abayomi has said that the Lagos state government cannot lock down the local government areas with most COVID-19 cases as advised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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