Africa’s most populous country Nigeria has lost more than 1000 people from coronavirus

Africa’s most populous country Nigeria has lost more than 1000 people from coronavirus, according to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University virus tracker.

As of Saturday morning, Nigeria had recorded 1,011 deaths from coronavirus and 53,477 infections.

The data show that 41,017 of those infected had fully recovered, leaving the country with about 12,000 active infections.

Nigeria reported 160 new cases and zero COVID-19 death on Friday. This is a drastic decrease from when the country reported 790 new cases on July 1 and 31 deaths on June 16.

In the past seven days, the data show Nigeria has reported 2,173 new coronavirus cases and 15 deaths, also a dramatic decrease from the 4,323 cases the country reported in the week between Jun 21 and Jun 27, and the 98 deaths it recorded between June 14 and June 20.

The data also show that Nigeria has reported 11,269 new COVID-19 cases this month and 138 deaths compared to 17,457 new cases in July and 303 deaths.

Despite the deaths and cases, Nigeria has been spared the catastrophic situation in South Africa where close to 14,000 people have died and over 620,000 have contracted the potentially deadly virus.

Globally, more than 24 million people have contracted COVID-19 and over 838,000 people have died.

The pandemic has not affected Africa as experts had predicted, but the World Health Organizations has repeatedly warned that the crisis is not over and called for a gradually reopening of the economy with the implementation of social distancing measures, hand and respiratory hygiene, including the wearing of face masks.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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