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COVID-19: Southern Nigeria accounts for 60% of deaths so far – NCDC

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Southern Nigeria accounts for 60 of deaths so far NCDC

The latest COVID-19 situation report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown that the country’s Southern part accounts for 60 per cent of the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The report revealed that as of January 24, the South-West recorded the highest number of deaths – 484, with South-South and North-Central recording 311 and 257 deaths separately.

North West and North East recorded 211 and 141 deaths. South East recording the least amount of deaths – 100.

Therefore, the total number of deaths in the North was 609 and South was 895, indicating 40.5 per cent and 59.5 per cent.

With respect to the number of confirmed cases recorded so far, the South West had the highest tally at 57,279. The North-Central, North-East, North-West, South-East, and South-South recorded 27,944; 4,710; 13,453; 5,886; and 12,294 separately.

In addition, the South-West also carried out the highest number of COVID-19 tests – 439,683 tests, followed by the North Central (282,541), and South-South (191,242). North West, North East, and South-East recorded 189,828; 88,333; and 81,456 tests.

Globally, according to reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO), as of yesterday, the second wave of the pandemic continues to wreck fatal blows, with 2,205,515 deaths, and 101,917,147 confirmed cases recorded.

Therefore, the NCDC continues to urge citizens to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions of properly wearing a facemask, regular handwashing with soap and water, hand sanitising, and practising social and physical distancing.

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