By Ononye VC
The coronavirus pandemic continued it’s onslaught across the globe with numerous prominent Nigerians paying the supreme price,suffering the same fate with thousands of other nationals who have died of the disease across the world.
Malam Abba Kyari,closest aide of President Buhari of Nigeria bowed to the pandemic and gave-in his life,a situation that has ruffled feathers at the Presidency.
Among the lot also is a prominent Lagos based medical doctor who hails from Onitsha,Dr Emeka Chugbo who was said to have died after unknowingly treating a pregnant Covid-19 patient and was infected.
Pictures of some Nigerians allegedly claimed by Covid-19 across the world are currently making the rounds in the social media as a proof that the pandemic is on rampage world wide.
There is great fear that Kano may end up being Nigeria’s epicentre of the disease in Nigeria as cases of infections have gone high in recent time with dozens of unexplained deaths said to be overwhelming the morgues and cemeteries.
As at 21st April 2019,Nigeria has recorded 782 cases of Coronavirus, 25 deaths and 197 discharged patients.
Experts warn that the number would continue to spike and could overwhelm authorities if test centres are not established quickly across the country.
The United Kingdom has increased its test capacity to over 40,000 persons daily and hopes to double the number in few days to come.So are the US,France,Belgium and other civilised world .
There are now more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in 185 countries as the disease continues to spread. At least 171,000 people have died,reports the BBC.
The United States has more than three times as many confirmed cases as any other country.
This series of maps and charts tracks the global outbreak of the virus since it emerged in China in December last year.
The virus, which causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019.
It is spreading rapidly in many countries and the death toll is still climbing.
Johns Hopkins University puts total global cases at just over 2.5 million.
The US has by far the largest number of cases, with more than 788,000 confirmed infections, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. This is more than nine times the number reported by China.
The US also has the world’s highest death toll with more than 43,000 fatalities including more than 14,000 in New York City alone.
Spain and Italy – the worst hit European countries – have each recorded more than 20,000 deaths, while France and the UK have suffered more than 20,000 and 17,000 respectively.
In the UK new data has shown deaths in England and Wales have almost doubled above what would be expected for the week up to 10 April, with some 30% of all deaths in England and Wales linked to Covid-19.
Note: The past data for new cases is a three day rolling average
China’s official death toll then from the outbreak is just over 4,600 from some 83,800 confirmed cases. Numbers for deaths jumped on 17 April after what officials called “a statistical review”.
Critics of the Chinese government have questioned whether the country’s official numbers can be trusted.
China has now lifted many of the stringent measures it took to bring the disease under control, including a ban on all travel to and from Wuhan.
The outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March. This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.
The WHO said it took more than three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but it took less than a week for the number to double from 500,000 to a million. It then took two weeks to top two million.
While more than 2.4 million people are known to have been infected worldwide, the true figure is thought to be much higher as many of those with milder symptoms have not been tested and counted.
Governments across the world have halted flights, locked down towns and cities and urged people to stay at home.
More than 4.5 billion people – half the world’s population – are estimated to be now living under social distancing measures to slow the pandemic, according to the AFP news agency.
The pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, the UN World Food Programme has warned.
And the oil market continued to collapse on Tuesday a day after the price of US oil turned negative for the first time in history.
Oil producers have been paying buyers to take the commodity off their hands over fears that, with demand shrinking, storage capacity could run out in May.
The global economy faces the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International Monetary Fund has said.