Coronavirus: 39,000 recovered, 3,078 died from virus - WHO releases update

Coronavirus: 39,000 recovered, 3,078 died from virus - WHO releases update

- WHO has put the numbers of death cases in Africa at 3,078, with Algeria leading with 576 deaths so far

- It's not all gloom for the continent as the cases of recoveries were pegged at 39,000 out of 99,433 infections

- Nigeria is third on the table of countries with the most deaths with 211 cases and South in the second place with 369

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released an update on coronavirus cases on the African continent.

In a Facebook post WHO made on Friday, May 22, there are 3,078 deaths from the virus as 39,000 people have made recoveries.

In the number of deaths category, Algeria leads the table with 576 deaths, while South Africa and Nigeria have 369 and 211 death cases respectively, putting Nigeria in the third position among countries with the highest number of casualties in Africa.

South Africa, however, leads in the number of infected cases on the continent at 19,137 infected people. In this category, Nigeria still maintains its same third position with 7,016 infections.

Ghana, Cameroon, and Guinea occupy the third, fourth, and fifth positions with 6,269, 4,288, and 3,067 infections respectively.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the federal government said that it would not be publishing the coronavirus test results of Nigerian returnees from Dubai, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This was made known by the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday, May 14, in Abuja during the 31st joint nation briefing of the presidential task force on Covid-19.

He said the test result of the returnees, who are still in compulsory 14-day isolation, will be shared with those affected.

“We are doing the test, even when the tests are out, we are not going to offer it to you. We will offer it to the returnees. We are not going to make public the results whether you just came back from Dubai or you are living in Nigeria. Results are meant for patients who got tested,” he said.

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It should be noted that the NCDC boss said that the agency is looking inwards as it studies cases from other countries to drive needed solutions.

In other news, a dedicated team of local researchers is working on a Covid-19 vaccine with a modification process that can be completed within three weeks to combat Sars-Cov-2 virus and go through a human trial in six months.

The team involved in the vaccine development is called Home-grown Esco Aster and they are working with the United States biotechnology company, Vivaldi Biosciences, as they combine proteins from different viruses to find a cure.

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