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Coronavirus: World death toll hits 21,304, over half of fatalities are in Spain and Italy 

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The COVID-19 virus has claimed more than 20,000 lives across the globe, as of Wednesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province, has infected more than 451,000 people, while nearly 112,000 have recovered. China has more than 81,600 cases, with around 3,200 fatalities and nearly 73,000 recoveries. With more infections now reported outside China than within, the country claims the outbreak has been largely contained.

Following a slight dip in new fatalities on Monday, Italy’s death toll doubled that of China on Wednesday. The country reported around 6,820 deaths, while China has nearly 3,200.

The total fatalities in the U.S. surged past 800 on Wednesday, making it the fifth-largest death toll outside China. Most of the deaths in the U.S. have been in New York, which has seen at least 265 fatalities, while Washington state has reported at least 134.

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Italy has more deaths than any other country and remains the worst-hit nation outside China, with nearly 69,200 confirmed cases. However, the country also reports the second-highest number of recoveries outside China, after Iran. Italy has seen more than 8,300 people recover from infection.

Spain’s death toll has also overtaken that of China, with 738 new fatalities recorded on Wednesday, Reuters reports, bringing its total to at least 3,434 deaths.

Madrid’s skating rink has reportedly been made into a makeshift morgue, while dozens have died in nursing homes across the country. Spain began its 11th day of a 15-day lockdown on Wednesday, which is likely to be extended to 30 days, Reuters reports.

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Schools, bars, restaurants and most shops are closed, while social gatherings are banned and residents are required to remain in their homes.

“We have achieved a near total reduction in social contact,” the director of Spain’s health emergency coordination center, Fernando Simón, said at a press conference Wednesday.

Spain is near the peak of the outbreak, Simón added, with the country reporting more than 47,600 confirmed cases on Wednesday.

“If we are not already at the peak, we are very close,” he said. “I cannot say that we have reached it.” He added it would be “counterproductive” to think about easing restrictions in the country anytime soon, the Associated Press reports.

The outbreak also devastated Iran, which has the third-highest death toll outside China and the fourth highest in the world. The virus has killed at least 2,077 people in Iran, while more than 27,000 cases have been confirmed in the country, as of Wednesday. Iran also has the highest number of recoveries outside China, with more than 9,600 having recovered from the infection.

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France has more than a thousand fatalities, with its death toll at 1,100 on Wednesday. It has the third-highest number of deaths in Europe and the fourth highest outside China. Over 22,600 people have been infected in the country.

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

 

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Kwara CoS death: Contact tracing begins

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Kwara State Government has directed that all persons who have had contact with the late chief of staff in the last 14 days to proceed to the COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre/Hospital at Sobi, Ilorin.

This is to ensure the immediate collection of their samples for test.

Aminu Adisa Logun died on Tuesday evening from COVID-19 complications.

Commissioner for Health Dr Raji Razak said:

“Such persons will thereafter proceed to self-isolate until the result of their test is communicated to them.”

The remains of the deceased were interred yesterday at his Ilorin GRA residence.

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He said:

“After due consultations, the family and the government of Kwara State hereby announce that a dignifying COVID-19 compliant janazah would be held in honour of the late Chief of Staff on Wednesday (today) July 8th at his GRA home in Ilorin, the state capital.

“His janazah shall be supervised by the burial team of the COVID-19 Technical committee in accordance with extant protocols for Muslims.

“The janazah prayer shall be led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin. Only selected family members, a few clerics appointed by His Eminence the Emir of Ilorin, and a few government officials are to attend.

“We empathise with the Governor of Kwara state, the family of our Chief of Staff, and all Kwarans at this mourning period. We further advise that friends, families and associates should please mourn and pray for him from their respective abodes.

“We emphasise that members of the public should kindly respect the privacy of the family and all safety rules at this time and always.”

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Covid-19: Enugu records 37 new cases, 11 deaths

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As the number of the novel coronavirus cases in Enugu state increased to 418, the state has announced that 11 persons have died from the virus as of Wednesday morning.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, who disclosed the frightening development in a statement, also confirmed new 37 Covid-19 cases in the state.

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Dr Obi said that the new laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 cases have brought the total laboratory-confirmed cases in the state to 418.

He said the;

“number of Covid-19 cases on treatment 186, while the number of Covid-19 cases discharged – 221 and the number of Laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 related deaths 11.”

The Commissioner, however, advised the general public to be responsible, warning that “Covid-19 is real.”

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Covid-19: Edo death toll hits 50

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The death toll from COVID-19 in Edo State has climbed to 50, with 1,435 people testing positive for the disease.

The state, however, said 840 persons have been discharged from its isolation facilities.

Commissioner for Health Dr Patrick Okundia, who stated these to reporters in Benin City, noted that over 50 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state are within the age category of 60 years and above.

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He urged residents to be cautious in protecting themselves and their loved ones.

Expressing worry over the alarming rate of community spread of the virus, Okundia said there was a need for residents to take responsibility and support the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic across communities.

According to him,

“Physical distancing, compulsory use of face masks, hand hygiene and other epidemiological safety rules must be strictly followed to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and protect the people, especially the elderly, who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”

The commissioner explained that the state recorded 52 new confirmed cases with 32 tested at the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the remaining 20 cases were confirmed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.

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Okundia, however, reiterated the need for citizens to present or report themselves through the state COVID-19 toll-free response lines, following any recent travel from high incidence states or contact with confirmed cases.

 

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