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As the world yesterday, recorded the largest figure ever of 183,000 new cases of COVID -19, in a day, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued fresh warnings to all countries on the dangers of not taking additional measures to ensure that their citizens adhere strictly, to the health and safety precautions, to curb the spread of the disease .
WHO gave the warning , in a statement released by its Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ,said the organization recorded more than 183,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, June 22, 2020, describing it as the most in a single day so far ,while 9,003,645 million cases have now been recorded with more than 465,000 people losing their lives.
It said some countries are continuing to see a rapid increase in cases and deaths while some that have successfully suppressed transmission ,are now seeing an upswing in cases as they reopen their societies and economies.
The organization stated that in spite of numerous European countries further easing their lockdown restrictions, cases around the world are rising especially in Latin America with Brazil now registering over 50,000 deaths, the highest after the USA.
It said all countries are facing a delicate balance, between protecting their people, while minimizing the social and economic damage ,adding that It’s not a choice between lives and livelihoods but that countries can do both.
The organization implored countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that enable people to stay safe while getting on with their lives.
This is ,as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NDDC) Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu has said during the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, yesterday that there is no state in the country that is free of coronavirus, claims that Cross River State is yet to record any case of COVID-19
Ihekweazu said, “No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19-free, not one. No country in the world is COVID-19-free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any.
“We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19-free. That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it.”
However , as at 22nd of June 2020, 675 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
Till date, 20,919 cases have been confirmed, 7109 cases have been discharged and 525 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 675 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos(288), Oyo(76), Rivers(56), Delta(31), Ebonyi(30), Gombe(28), Ondo(20), Kaduna(20), Kwara(20), Ogun(17), FCT(16), Edo(13), Abia(10), Nasarawa(9), Imo(9),Bayelsa(8), Borno(8), Katsina(8), Sokoto(3), Bauchi(3), Plateau(2)