…India records 100,000 coronavirus cases in 6 days, death toll hits 20,000***
Nigeria’s coronavirus infections (COVID-19), on Monday, surpassed the 29,000 cases as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 575 new confirmed cases.
The NCDC said on its official twitter handle, late Monday that the total number of infections from the virus has risen to 29,286 in the country.
“Till date, 29,286 cases have been confirmed, 11,828 cases have been discharged and 654 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,’’ it tweeted.
The agency said that the 575 new cases were reported from 20 states- Lagos(123), FCT(100), Delta(58), Edo(52), Ogun(42), Katsina(24), Bayelsa(23), Rivers(22), Borno(19) and Plateau(18)
Others are Ondo(18), Oyo(17), Kwara(15), Osun(13), Enugu(9), Nasarawa (7), Abia(6), Cross River(5), Kaduna(3) and Ekiti(1).
Meanwhile, ahead of the Edo and Ondo states gubernatorial elections, NCDC has advised politicians to use media channels like radio, television and social media to campaign for votes.
The advice is contained in its newly published guidelines for elections.
The NCDC said the use of these channels, rather than the previous methods of canvassing for votes which involves mass gathering, would help check the spread of COVID-19 infections.
It also called for careful adherence to mass gathering guidelines.
“We urge our politicians to take responsibility and lead by example.
“We ask you to please think of the lives of the electorates first.
“Your electorates, staying alive, is much more important than any vote you can win.
“The guideline is to support critically, Nigerians that will be going to vote.
“The virus thrives in mass gathering and there is a challenge that we have in the way we have conducted our elections before, during and post.
“In this guideline, we try and offer advice on how to do this safely,’’ it explained.
In another development, the death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic in India has surpassed 20,000 amid huge daily spikes in infections as the country introduces further relaxations to its protracted lockdown.
“A total of 22,452 fresh cases and 467 deaths in the last 24 hours pushed the caseload in the country to 719,665 and the death count to 20,160,’’ data from the Federal Health Ministry showed on Tuesday.
The rate of new infections as well as deaths has been rising at the fastest pace after India started easing its lockdown since mid-May, with the resumption of domestic flights and train services and reopening of offices and marketplaces.
Authorities reopened major monuments across India for visitors from Monday.
However, the world-famous Taj Mahal remained closed.
Government data shows that while India reached its first 100,000 infections in 110 days by May 19, the last 100,000 infections were recorded in merely six days from July 2.
On Monday, India had surpassed Russia as the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world.
India is now behind the U.S. and Brazil; however, it has relatively fewer fatalities.
It is ranked at number eight globally behind the U.S., Brazil, Britain, Italy, Mexico, France and Spain.
Health officials said the number of deaths could rise significantly in the coming weeks with the record rise in infections.
The western state of Maharashtra, which has the country’s financial hub of Mumbai as its regional capital, is the worst-hit by the pandemic in India, with 211,987 infections and 9,026 deaths.
National capital, New Delhi, is also among the epicentres, reporting 100,823 infections and 3,115 deaths.
Additional reports from dpa