- No fewer than 11 Nigerians have died from COVID-19 complications in South Africa
- The names of the victims were not disclosed in a statement released by the Nigerian Union in South Africa
- According to the president of the union, the casualty figures were for Gauteng Province alone
As the world continues to struggle to survive this season of the coronavirus pandemic, the viral disease has claimed the lives of about 11 Nigerians in South Africa.
This was disclosed by Adetola Olubajo, the president of Nigerian Union in South Africa, Vanguard reports.
According to Olubajo, the COVID-19 deaths were for Gauteng Province alone, adding that the union was yet to get figures from eight other provinces in South Africa.
He said: “At the last count, 11 Nigerians have died from COVID-19 in Gauteng Province alone. I have attended the funeral of some of them.’’
Olubajo went on to note that the biggest challenge was the belief by many Nigerians living in South Africa is that the disease was not real, adding that they believe its political and fake.
He also explained that another challenge is stigmatization and refusal of infected people to reveal their status.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 239 new cases of coronavirus in 15 states, bringing the total confirmed figure to whopping 54,247.
The national disease control agency made this known in its daily update for Tuesday, September 1, as Plateau state led the pack with 116 new cases.
NCDC also announced 33 fresh infections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and reported 19 new cases in Lagos which is the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria.
Ekiti state followed behind Lagos on the log with 12 new cases while Kaduna and Ogun states recorded 11 new infections each.
In a related development, the presidency has advised Nigerians to disregard the report that said the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on social affairs and domestic matters, Sarki Abba, tested positive for COVID-19.
The senior special assistant to the president, media and publicity, Garba Shehu in a thread of tweets on Wednesday, September 2, denied the rumour, describing it as misleading and false.
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