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Nigeria records 197 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

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NIGERIA yesterday confirmed 197 more COVID-19 cases even as the number of people who have recovered from the disease pushes toward 44,000.

  More five deaths were also recorded.

  Plateau State which has now become the pandemic epicentre in the country had the highest infections for the day – 83.

  A tweet by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the new infections were reported in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

  Of the new cases, Lagos had 48 infections,  Kaduna – 17, FCT – 16, Ogun – 11, Katsina – 7, Imo – 4 and Edo – 3.

  Nasarawa had three new infections, Rivers – 2, Bayelsa -1, Oyo – 1, Osun – 1.

  According to the health agency, 43,810 persons of out of the 55,829 confirmed cases have been discharged.

  However, 1,075 deaths have been recorded so far since the pandemic was confirmed in the country in late February.

  Similarly, global death toll from coronavirus pandemic has topped 900,000 since the respiratory disease first appeared in China last year.

  As the fatalities climbed, US President Donald Trump admitted he had tried to minimise the seriousness of the Covid-19 threat at the start of the pandemic, in audio recordings released Wednesday from interviews with veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

  The country with the most coronavirus deaths is United States with over 190,000 fatalities, followed by Brazil.

  With billions of people around the world still suffering from the fallout of the crisis, a worldwide race for a vaccine is underway, with nine companies already in late-stage Phase 3 trials.

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