South Africa conducts 2 million tests; Nigeria, 171, 931

President Muhammadu Buhari and South Africa's Ramphosa

Although Nigeria’s population more than doubles that of South Africa, the number of coronavirus tests it has conducted is still far less than hers (South Africa).

As of Thursday, July 9, South Africa has completed more than two million tests for COVID-19 amid a record high single-day surge in cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said Thursday.

Nigeria has, however, conducted a total of 171, 931, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

In South Africa, a total of 238,339 cases were reported with 13,674 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day surge since the outbreak in early March, said Mkhize.

Nigeria has recorded 30,748, with the disparity deepening fears that the country might be harbouring a huge number of undetected cases.

Of 2,000,569 tests completed by South Africa, 56,170 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said in his daily update.

“This is an enormous achievement that we can all be proud of as South Africans,” Mkhize was quoted as saying by Xinhua/NAN.

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As mass community testing has been gaining momentum, South Africa also saw rapid rises in confirmed cases and virus-related deaths.

“Regrettably, we report a further 129 COVID-19 related deaths — one from Northern Cape, 26 from KwaZulu-Natal, 28 from Eastern Cape, 37 from Gauteng and 37 from Western Cape,” the minister said, adding that the nationwide death toll has reached 3,720.

Gauteng has overtaken the Western Cape to become the country’s hardest-hit province with 81,546 cases, said Mkhize.

The Western Cape was ranked second with 74,815 cases, followed by the Eastern Cape with 44,432, and KwaZulu-Natal with 19,630.

Here is the latest data from Nigeria’s NCDC:

Confirmed Cases
30,748

Active Cases
17,513

Discharged Cases
12,546

Deaths
689

Confirmed Cases by State
States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 11,827 9,993 1,701 133
FCT 2,365 1,621 709 35
Oyo 1,604 751 834 19
Edo 1,562 580 925 57
Delta 1,337 852 454 31
Kano 1,302 220 1,030 52
Rivers 1,294 407 843 44
Ogun 1,063 346 695 22
Kaduna 907 294 601 12
Katsina 646 182 441 23
Ondo 606 462 124 20
Borno 584 94 455 35
Gombe 524 116 387 21
Bauchi 519 8 498 13
Ebonyi 503 0 497 6
Plateau 497 242 241 14
Enugu 439 162 263 14
Abia 401 133 265 3
Imo 359 290 61 8
Jigawa 318 0 308 10
Kwara 311 131 168 12
Bayelsa 299 141 141 17
Nasarawa 236 115 113 8
Osun 212 121 84 7
Sokoto 153 2 135 16
Akwa Ibom 134 60 71 3
Niger 125 21 97 7
Benue 121 80 35 6
Adamawa 100 22 71 7
Anambra 93 27 57 9
Kebbi 86 16 63 7
Zamfara 76 0 71 5
Yobe 62 3 51 8
Ekiti 46 4 40 2
Taraba 27 16 11 0
Kogi 5 0 3 2
Cross River 5 1 3 1

Highlights
On the 9th of July 2020, 499 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours
Till date, 30748 cases have been confirmed, 12546 cases have been discharged and 689 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 499 new cases are reported from 24 states- Lagos (157); Edo (59); Ondo (56); Oyo (31); Akwa Ibom (22); Borno (21); Plateau (19); Kaduna (18); Katsina (18); Bayelsa (17); FCT (17); Delta (14); Kano (11); Rivers (10); Enugu (8); Ogun (6); Kwara (4); Imo (3); Nasarawa (2); Osun (2); Abia (1); Ekiti (1); Niger (1); Yobe (1)
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