Breaking: El-Rufai tests positive to coronavirus



Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus. El-Rufai disclosed this in a video shared on the official Account of the Governor of Kaduna State, @GovKaduna.

 He added that he is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC for a someone that is not showing symptoms. The number of officially confirmed deaths around the world from the novel coronavirus passed 30,000 on Saturday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT from official sources. 

Two-thirds of the 30,003 deaths from coronavirus have now been recorded in Europe. More than 640,770 declared cases have been registered in 183 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. 

Of these cases, at least 130,600 are now considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP offices from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), likely reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. Many countries are now only testing cases that require hospitalisation. Since 1900 GMT Friday, there have been 3,417 new deaths and 68,734 new cases confirmed worldwide. 

The countries with the most deaths over the last 24 hours were Italy with 889, Spain with 832 and the United States with 453. By continent, Europe has listed 351,877 cases and 21,334 deaths to date, Asia 103,943 cases and 3,742 deaths, the Middle East 43,414 cases and 2,592 deaths, the US and Canada together 120,981 cases with 1,950 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 12,315 cases with 242 deaths, Africa 4,103 cases with 128 deaths and Oceania 4,145 cases with 15 deaths.

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