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JUST IN: 254 dead as Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases rise to 8,733


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria increased by 389 to 8733 on Wednesday, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed.

The reported death toll rose to 254, as five people were confirmed dead within 24 hours, the centre said.

Of the new cases, 256 were in Lagos, Katsina-23, Edo-22, Rivers-14, Kano-13, Adamawa-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Kaduna-7, Kwara-6, Nasarawa-6, Gombe-2, Plateau-2, Abia-2, Delta-2, Benue-2, Niger-2, Kogi-2, Oyo-2, Imo-1, Borno-1, Ogun-1 and Anambra-1.

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NCDC said 2501 patients have recovered from the infection, while the number of states, including FCT that have reported at least one confirmed case is still 35 (34 states + FCT)

The country has so far tested 48,544 persons since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the centre.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Health Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora has said Nigeria has a total of 112 treatment and isolation centres with 5,324 beds as part of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He made this known during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 daily press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

He added that only five states, including the FCT, have at least 300 beds as prescribed for isolation and treatment, while 21 states have less than 100-bed spaces.

“As the number of confirmed cases increases, there is an urgent need to expand our treatment centres across the country,” the minister said.


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Ivory Coast PM, Coulibaly, is dead



Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election,  Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has died.

Coulibaly died on Wednesday after taking part in a cabinet meeting, Patrick Achi, Secretary-General in the presidency, said in a statement on national television.

Achi said the 61-year-old late Prime Minister, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during the weekly meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away.

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He had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest.

“Fellow compatriots, Ivory Coast is mourning. It is with deep pain that I announce to you that Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, has left us,” the statement read.

His death is likely to set off a scramble within the ruling RHDP party to replace him as its candidate in an election that is considered a key test of stability for the world’s top cocoa producer.

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Woman attempts suicide in Anambra



A middle-aged woman has reportedly attempted suicide over undisclosed marital challenges in Nnewi area of Anambra state.

The victim whose name was given on her Facebook page as Ifeoma Obiora had in two separate posts claimed she was contemplating taking her life in order to be far from her troubles.

She also said her problem was compounded as nobody was willing to hear her out or do anything about her plights.

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She said, “In these moments before my departure, I feel more clarity than I have ever felt in my dull life. In one minute, I will be free from the voices, from the pain, and from you.”

“Nobody listened. Nobody cared.”

Reacting, Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said preliminary findings by the Police who had established contact with her showed she was in a troubled marriage and was seeking a divorce.

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He said her challenges were civil but the Command had invited the couple for counseling.

He said, “The Area Commander Nnewi has gotten her. She has a family problem and was seeking for a divorce

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases



The  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.

Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).

The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, and Adamawa.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.

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The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, and Kano State.

The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.

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