COVID-19: Nigeria records 443 more cases as total infections rise to 45,687

COVID-19: Nigeria records 443 more cases as total infections rise to 45,687

Nigeria has recorded 443 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total infections to 45,687.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the new infections on Friday night, August 7 on its twitter handle

COVID-19: Nigeria records 443 more cases as total infections rise to 45,687
Nigerian continues to record hundreds of COVID-19 infections despite efforts to contain the spread of the disease. Photo credits: NCDC
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According to data from the health agency, the new infections were spread across 19 states with Plateau state recording the highest number of cases.

Below is the list of states with new infections:

1. Plateau-103

2. Lagos-70

3. FCT-60

4. Ondo-35

5. Edo-27

6. Rivers-27

7. Kaduna-20

8. Osun-19

9. Borno-18

10. Oyo-18

11. Kwara-11

12. Adamawa-9

13. Nasarawa-7

14. Gombe-6

15. Bayelsa-4

16. Imo-4

17. Bauchi-2

18. Ogun-2

19. Kano-1

The health agency said a total of 32,637 COVID-19 patients in Nigeria have been treated and discharged while 936 deaths have been recorded in the country.

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Meanwhile, the number of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the African continent is now more than one million, according to a report by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, August 7.

Al Jazeera reports that the African health agency also states that more than 22,000 people have so far died across Africa from the COVID-19 disease, while over 690,000 have recovered.

Despite the rising figures, gathers that health experts warn the peak of the pandemic has yet to hit the continent.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had earlier raised alarm at the "acceleration" of the disease in Africa even as many experts believe the actual number of coronavirus infections is likely much higher.

South Africa is the worst-affected African nation and the fifth worst-hit globally accounts for more than half of the continent's registered cases.

Egypt is in second place with 95,000 confirmed infections, followed by Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Morocco and Kenya.

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In another report, the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) has announced the launch of a telemedical line to support the National Commission on Desease Control (NCDC) in the fight against COVID-19.

The aim of the line is to help those with the COVID-19 who are unable to access the designated Isolation centres across the country.

A statement by Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, head of the MMF, said the project named MMF Medassist COVID Partner Line, is part of the effort to provide access to relevant and necessary medical advice, medical and mental health support for those who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, across the 36 states of the country.

She recalled how recently, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, disclosed that many patients who tested positive with the virus refused to go to the isolation centres and rather prefered self-medicate.

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