9855 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Nigeria on Friday recorded 245 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing total infections in the country to 7,261.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the new figures in a tweet via its verified handle.
According to the NCDC, 131 of the new cases came from Lagos, 16 from Jigawa, 13 from Ogun, 12 from Borno and nine each from Kaduna, Oyo, Rivers and Ebonyi.
Other states with new cases include Kwara with seven, Katsina with five, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto each with three, Bauchi and Yobe each with two.
Anambra, Gombe, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, the FCT and Bayelsa, all recorded one new case each.
The total number of recovered patients was put at 2,007, while 221 deaths have been recorded as a result of the virus.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 335,538 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Friday.
At least 5,158,750 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,937,200 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries are testing only symptomatic or the most serious cases.
Since 1900 GMT on Thursday, 5,784 new deaths and 109,329 new cases have been recorded worldwide.
The countries that registered the most deaths were the United States with 1,627 and Brazil with 1,188.
The US is also the worst-hit country with 95,490 deaths from 1,590,225 cases. At least 298,418 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Britain with 36,393 deaths from 254,195 cases, Italy with 32,616 from 228,658 cases, Spain with 28,628 deaths and 234,824 cases and France at 28,289 deaths and 182,219 cases.
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,634 deaths and 82,971 cases. It has 78,255 recovered cases.
Europe overall has 172,353 deaths from 1,984,377 cases, the United States and Canada have 101,814 deaths from 1,672,638 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 36,007 deaths from 651,198 cases, Asia 13,498 deaths from 414,482 cases, the Middle East 8,606 deaths from 325,644 cases, Africa 3,131 deaths from 101,775 cases, and Oceania 129 deaths from 8,440 cases.
Corrections by national authorities or late publication of data mean the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.
Nigeria witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, recording more than 500 new single-day infections for the first time.
The new cases were confirmed by the specialist agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Twitter.
This takes the country’s total infections to 9,855, out of which 2856 have been discharged with 273 losing their lives.
Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 378 cases.
9855 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said Nigeria’s economy is going into a state of depression.
The governor said all the states are presently dealing with very difficult situation as they battle the Covid-19 pandemic.
El-Rufai said this while speaking to State House correspondents on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“The economy is going to go into depression; there is nothing we can do about that; revenues have collapsed; yet you still have to invest in more public health facilities.
“Most of the leaders have to invest in treatment despite the condition and weighed to invest in security.”
He added that it is a difficult time for those at the leadership positions even as he called on all leaders to work in unity.
“This time is a very difficult time to be in a leadership position and that is why the people and the leaders must all work together and pray for God to end this Coronavirus pandemic.
“It is a major problem, but we are working together,” El-rufai added.
The Kaduna Governor, however, added that Nigeria will surely overcome as a resilient nation.
Maikanti Baru, the immediate past group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is dead.
He was 60 years old as at the time of his death, and only two months away from his 61st birthday.
This was disclosed by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of the state-run oil company.
“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night,” Kyari said.
“He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him.”
Baru was appointed NNPC GMD by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016, a position he held up until 2019.
Baru announced his retirement from NNPC in July 2019 when he clocked the age of 60.
“Today, having clocked the statutory age of 60, I have retired from the services of NNPC. I wish the new GMD Mallam Mele Kyari and his Team success. Thank you President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve,” he tweeted on July, 2019.
Baru was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi state.
He attended Federal Government College, Jos for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978.
In 1982, he obtained his bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University.
Baru has a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.
He was the 18th GMD of NNPC.
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