Nigeria and Zimbabwe confirm their first deaths of Covid-19

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed the first Covid-19 death in Nigeria.

The victim is a 67-year-old man who had recently returned to Nigeria following medical treatment in the UK. He had pre-existing medical conditions including cancer and diabetes.

According to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre Nigeria has so far reported 36 cases, out of them two patients have recovered.

The NCDC said it had confirmed five new cases of coronavirus on Monday bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 36 with 25 cases in Lagos.

Zimbabwe have also reported their first COVID-19 death on Monday.

Obediah Moyo, the Zimbabwe Health Minister said on Monday that they had registered their first death from Covid-19. the second person to test positive for Covid-19 in the country. Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said the victim was Zororo Makamba, a journalist and son of businessman James Makamba.  He had returned to Harare from New York on March 9, He had tested positive on March 21.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa had last week banned gatherings of more than 100 people.

The COVID-19 outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows the virus has now spread to 167 countries and regions.

Over 350,536 cases and 15,328 deaths have been reported worldwide since last December, while more than 100,182 people have recovered.

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