Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 239 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said.
The health agency revealed this in a late-night tweet.
The country now has a total of 54,247 confirmed cases, with 42,010 persons discharged and 1,023 deaths.
Plateau reported the highest number of cases with 116 while the Federal Capital Territory ranked second with 33 new infections.
Other states with new cases include Lagos-19, Ekiti-12, Kaduna-11, Ogun-11, Ebonyi-8, Benue-7, Abia-5, Delta-5, Ondo-4, Edo-3, Imo-2, Osun-2, and Bauchi-1.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 851,321 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Tuesday.
At least 25,533,540 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 17,635,900 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.
On Monday, 4,297 new deaths and 267,187 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 819 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 553 and the United States with 465.
The United States is the worst-hit country with 183,602 deaths from 6,031,287 cases. At least 2,184,825 people have been declared recovered.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 121,381 deaths from 3,908,272 cases, India with 65,288 deaths from 3,691,166 cases, Mexico with 64,414 deaths from 599,560 cases, and Britain with 41,501 deaths from 335,873 cases.
The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 88 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium (85), Spain (62), the United Kingdom (61), and Chile (59).
China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 85,058 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 80,208 recoveries.
Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 277,300 deaths from 7,354,798 cases, Europe 215,897 deaths from 3,988,094 infections, and the United States and Canada 192,758 deaths from 6,159,481 cases.
Asia reported 98,257 deaths from 5,242,623 cases, the Middle East 36,593 deaths from 1,504,235 cases, Africa 29,815 deaths from 1,255,153 cases, and Oceania 701 deaths from 29,158 cases.
As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.
Firm Donates COVID-19 Safety Kits To Ekiti Govt
A private firm, Wemmy Industries Limited on Friday, donated facemasks and other COVID-19 safety item to Ekiti State Government to curb the spread of the virus.
The items included 108 cartons of disposable surgical facemasks and 72 cartons of antiseptic hand wipes.
Mr John Egbedofo, Southwest Regional Manager of the firm said that the donation was in fulfillment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Egbedofo added that the focus was to contribute to efforts at curtailing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
He said the gesture would also be extended to severe medical facilities in the state including the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Specialist hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti.
Also to benefit are Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.
Receiving the items on behalf of the government in Ado-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the medical consumables and personal protective equipment would assist in tackling communicable diseases.
Filani appreciated the company for the gesture and assured that the items would be used judiciously towards achieving the desired results.
He solicited the continued support of more corporate bodies, NGOs and individual philanthropists towards improving the lot of the people.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Akinjide Akinleye, described the donation as laudable and worthy of emulation by similar business outfits.
When Leaving Office, I Decided Not To ‘Remote-Control’ My Successor – Dickson
The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has explained why he distanced himself from the administration of Governor Douye Diri.
His explanation came amidst speculations that all was not well between him and Diri.
In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, Dickson, who represents Bayelsa West in the Senate, stated that it was his decision before exiting office to give whoever succeeded him the freedom to govern.
He said, “No one has a greater stake in the governor’s success than me. I am aware of the concerns raised about the distance I have kept since leaving office. This is deliberate and in consonance with my values and principles.
“While I was governor I took a conscious decision that whoever was going to succeed me was going to have the free hand to run his government with my full support. I am not one of those who believe that a governor should be remote-controlled.
“A governor should be free to take actions and decisions to pursue programmes, projects and policies he believes in. A governor must be in charge and I have always encouraged Governor Diri to take charge and to also take responsibility at all time.
“In the process, where he deems it, he can consult stakeholders for their inputs and advice and that the governor does with me and others.
This is why we did not enter into any agreement nor give the governor any condition for my and our full and total support other than to do his best for the state and the Ijaw nation and in doing so, he has our continuous support.”
Akeredolu Orders Recitation Of Oodua Anthem In Schools
The Ondo State Government has made it compulsory for all pupils and students in the state to recite the Oodua Anthem in their schools .
The order reportedly affects all the private and public institutions from primary to tertiary level in the state.
This was contained in a circular sent to all stakeholders from the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Akin Asaniyan.
The circular, titled ‘Recitation of Oodua Anthem in all schools’, was made available to our correspondent on Thursday in Akure.
It read in part,“Please note that, at the just concluded inter-schools debate and award ceremony organised by Ondo State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, held on Thursday February 25, 2021, at the International Culture and Event Center (The Dome) , Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, announced that the state has adopted the Oodua Anthem and it is to be recited by the residents of the state.
“In the light of this development, Mr Governor has directed that the anthem is now compulsory in all public and private schools ( primary and secondary), as well as tertiary institutions in the state, to be recited by all students and teachers henceforth.”
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