On Sunday 17 May, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 338 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Nigeri. The new cases were recorded across 17 states and FCT, with details as follows: 177-Lagos, 64-Kano, 21-FCT, 16-Rivers, 14-Plateau, 11-Oyo, 9-Katsina, 4-Jigawa, 4-Kaduna, 3-Abia, 3-Bauchi, 3-Borno, 2-Gombe, 2-Akwa Ibom, 2-Delta, 1-Ondo, 1-Kebbi, and 1-Sokoto.
This registered new cases brings the number of confirmed cases in the country to 5,959, out of which 1,594 persons have recovered and 182 deaths recorded. Kano state has equaled Lagos state in number of deaths from Covid-19 despite recording less than one-third of the confirmed cases in Lagos state.
Among the top ten states with the largest number of confirmed cases in Nigeria, 7 states are in the North.
Below are top ten states with highest recorded number of covid-19 cases.
In Lagos state, after conducting a vote via its twitter handle to seek public opinion on whether Lagos state will go into another lockdown, the governor seems to be going contrary to the result of the votes, as it considers full re-opening of economy, and embarks on assessment of readiness of businesses.
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The Governor of the state Babajide Sanwo-olu, made this known on Sunday, at a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina.
“We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their workspaces need to look like” he said.
“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see huge level of compliance, then it can happen in the next two to three weeks. If not, it could take a month or two months. It is until we are sure all of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the Governor asserted
Akwa Ibom State has rejected 10 vehicles donated to the state by Exon Mobil as aid for the fight against Covid-19. This was made known in statement issued by the Information Commissioner. The vehicle donation was aimed at helping the state to conduct easy contact tracing.
However, the state accepted 20 hospital beds and 2 ambulances donated by the oil giant.
According to the statement issued on Sunday by Charles Udoh, the state’s Information Commissioner, the state government thanked Exxon Mobil for the donation.
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Although it said that after thorough examination of the vehicles, it found that they were not capable of going through the pressure of contact tracing because they “were too old”. Hence, there was no need to accept them. According to Udoh, this decision was made at the meeting of the State’s Covid-19 Committee
“The vehicles are considered too old and not in good enough operational conditions to withstand the rigour of contact tracing which they were meant to serve” he said.
Nigeria remains the country with highest number Covid-19 deaths at 182 in West Africa. It is followed by Mali with 52 deaths from Covid-19.
In Madagascar, the first death of Covid-19 was announced on Sunday, by the country’s National Covid-19 Taskforce.
The death of a 57-year-old man, a medical worker with underlying health conditions of diabetes and high blood pressure on Saturday night, was announced by Hanta Danielle Vololontiana, the Taskforce spokeswoman.
The country has confirmed 304 cases of Covid-19, with 114 recoveries and 1 death recorded.
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Total of 81,882 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Africa. The continent has recorded 31,399 recoveries and 2,715 deaths from Covid-19. South Africa remains the worst affected country with 15,515 cases, followed by Egypt at 12,229 confirmed cases.
In Brazil, the number of Covid-19 cases continue to rise. The country has overtaken Spain and Italy to become the country with the fourth highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases behind UK.
Within a month Brazil has seen two health ministers leave the job after criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro on his actions with respect to Covid-19.
Total of 240,307 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Brazil with 16,091 deaths and 89,672 persons have recovered.
Top five countries with highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are the U.S, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Spain. These five countries account for over 52% of the worlds total confirmed cases and 54% of total deaths according John Hopkins tally.
The U.S which remains the worst affected country accounts for 31.57% of the global confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 28.43% of the total deaths. The country has confirmed 1,486,375 cases of Covid-19, with 272,265 recoveries and 89,549 deaths.
It is followed by Russia, with 281,752 cases, 67,373 recoveries and 2,631 deaths. UK comes after Russia with 244,995 cases of Covid-19 and 34,716 deaths. United Kingdom has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths in Europe.
Globally 4,708,415 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, with 1,726,771 recoveries and 314,950 deaths according to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center as at 23:32 GMT on Sunday,
338 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 17, 2020