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400 COVID-19 patients discharged across Nigeria

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… Confirmed cases now 2,558

…. Russian toll soars past 145,000

THE number of patients who recovered from the coronavirus disease in Nigeria has reached 400.

A post on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s website today shows that the patients were discharged from isolation and treatment centres in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and 20 states.

  Lagos State recorded 247 recoveries, the highest by any state in the country followed by Abuja and Osun State with 40 and 22 discharged cases respectively.

  Ogun, Edo, and Akwa Ibom States have discharged 10 patients each while Oyo has reported nine recoveries.

  Kaduna State has discharged eight patients including Gov. Nasir El-Rufai while Kano State has discharged seven patients.

  Bauchi, Katsina, and Kwara States have discharged six patients each while Delta and Ondo States have recorded four and three recoveries respectively.

  Rivers, Ekiti and Enugu States have two recoveries each while Anambra, Abia, Niger, and Sokoto States have discharged one patient each.

Gombe, Borno, Yobe, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Taraba, Jigawa, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Plateau, Imo, and Benue were yet to discharge any COVID-19 patient.

  According to the post, a total of 18,536 samples out of which 2,558 tested positive for COVID-19, noting that there are 2,071 active cases in the country while 87 fatalities have been recorded.

  Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 170 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total infections to 2,558

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave the figure in a tweet on its official Twitter handle yesterday.

  According to NCDC, out of the new 170 infections, 39 are in Lagos, 29 from Kano, 24 in Ogun and 18 from Bauchi while FCT and Sokoto had 12 each and Katsina has 8 cases with 7 cases recorded in Borno.

  Three cases were recorded in Nasarawa, two in Adamawa and one in Oyo state.

But Russia registered a near record in new daily coronavirus cases on Monday as total infections surpassed 145,000, cementing its position as the top reporter of new cases in Europe.

Health officials reported 10,581 new infections over the last 24 hours, only 52 less than Sunday’s record, and bringing Russia’s total to 145,268 cases and 1,356 deaths.

Russia is emerging as a new hotspot for the coronavirus as many countries in Western Europe begin steps to ease lockdown measures after their rates of new infections and deaths dropped.

Despite the sharp rise in cases, Russia’s official fatality rate has remained low in comparison to countries including Italy, Spain and the United States.

Officials credit quick moves to close the country’s borders, as well as widespread testing and tracking of infections, but critics have cast doubts on the numbers.

Authorities have extended a non-working quarantine period until May 11 but have also indicated they could then gradually lift confinement measures which vary from region to region.

Moscow has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic in Russia, with around half the total coronavirus cases. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has warned that “the threat is apparently on the rise” and urged residents to respect confinement rules and anti-virus measures over the May holidays.

President Vladimir Putin had planned a major celebration for this year’s 75th anniversary, with world leaders in attendance as thousands of troops and tanks paraded through Red Square. But coronavirus forced him to cancel the parade.

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