Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari extends the lockdown currently in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal capital Territory Abuja by another 2 weeks. He outlined progressed made in the first 2 weeks of the lockdown and praised its healthcare workers and volunteers particularly in the front-line areas of Lagos, Ogun and the FCT.
Currently Nigeria recorded 373 cases and 99 recoveries with 11 deaths. “We have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day. “We also trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation”. “Lagos and Abuja today have the capacity to admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres”. President Buhari said in his statement.
According to the Head of the Advisory Group for the Minister of Health, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, South Africa is unlikely to avoid an exponential rise in Coronavirus infection rate like many other countries but has successfully delayed this rise as a result of the lockdown measures and the social distancing policy. He expressed great concern that major cities might be at risk of this exponential rise.
“Our three biggest concerns are in the three high-density hubs where we have a lot of infection and where the potential for spread is high. It’s high because we have so many people with the virus and we have so many communities where it could be seeded and where it can spread, so our big concerns are around the greater Johannesburg area, the greater Cape Town area and the greater eThekwini area”. Professor Salim Abdool Karim said.
AFRICA’s COVID-19 CASES
Total confirmed cases from the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa has risen to 16,265 with 3,235 total recoveries and 873 confirmed deaths. South Africa leads in numbers of positive cases standing at 2,415 with 410 recoveries and 27 deaths. This could be attributed to a better testing capacity and a more robust information gathering and dissemination strategy. Algeria leads with the highest number of deaths in Africa at 326 with 691 recoveries and 2,070 positives COVID-19 infection cases. See latest figures in Statistics Updated April 15 for a breakdown of Corona Virus cases per African member states.
Compiled by Abiodun Abidoye Member Southern African Freelancers Association and Publisher Africa Online News.