430 views | Akanimo Sampson | April 4, 2020
Deaths from the rampaging coronavirus in the United States have hit 7,381, and four so far in Nigeria.
28,667 new cases and 1,094 deaths were reported on Friday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.
Wyoming is the only state not reporting a death from the killer virus.
The US has the world’s largest outbreak of the virus, with more than 275,000 infections, with Italy, the next most hard-hit country has about 120,000 infections with 14,681 deaths.
President Donald Trump says he has invoked the Defence Production Act to prevent crucial medical supplies from being exported to other countries.
The Department of Health and Human Services has seized nearly 200,000 N95 respirators, 130,000 surgical masks, 600,000 gloves, as well as “many, many, many bottles and disinfectant sprays that were being hoarded”, Trump says.
Trump has been in a public shouting match with 3M over its export commitments.
White House Trade Adviser, Peter Navarro, said on Thursday that the administration has had concerns about whether the company’s products around the world is being delivered to the US.
3M responded on Friday that there will be “significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to health-care workers in Canada and Latin America.”
In the meantime, governors of Alabama and Missouri, two holdout states on placing strict limitations on residents, say they will adopt stay-at-home orders.
Alabama’s rules take effect at 5 pm this Saturday. Governor Kay Ivey says in a tweet that she had done everything possible to avoid the step, but “late yesterday, it became obvious that more had to be done.”
In Missouri, Governor Mike Parson says his order will begin on Monday and last through April 24.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) however, revealed in a tweet on Friday, after confirming six cases of coronavirus in Osun State.
The two deaths, according to NCDC, were recorded in Lagos and Edo States.
It also points out that Nigeria recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 210.
As at 10:30 pm April 3, there are 210 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. A breakdown of the latest figure shows that 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Lagos, while three cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
While three cases were also reported in Edo and two in Osun, Ondo State recorded its index case of the disease, the number of people who have recovered from the disease in the country has risen to 25.
This follows the news that four people, including a mother and her baby, had been discharged from the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital in Lagos.
According to NCDC, the death toll from COVID-19 in the country has doubled. This implies that a total of four people have died from the disease. Two new deaths were recorded in Lagos and Edo States.