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North has 54% of cases, 70% new infections – Northern govs

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Northern governors on Wednesday said the North accounted for 54 per cent of COVID -19 cases in the country .
The governors , who stated this at their fourth teleconference on the COVID -19 response, also disclosed that the region accounted for 70 per cent of the new coronavirus infections in Nigeria .
The Northern Governors ’ Forum stated this in a statement by Dr Macham Makut , the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the forum’ s Chairman and Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong .
Also on Wednesday , the World Health Organisation said the number of COVID – 19 confirmed cases reported in Africa was far below the figure it expected from the continent .
It added that while the expectation was that the number of cases in West Africa would have been 1 , 260 , 871 by May 17 , the region recorded 24 ,345 cases .
The Director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said this on Wednesday during the Africa .com webinar series session 6 tagged “ What ’s the real story behind Africa ’s COVID -19 figures ?”
At the session , the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu , disclosed that 10 local government areas accounted for 50 per cent of COVID – 19 cases in the country .
Although Nigeria recorded its COVID – 19 index case on February 27 , as of Tuesday , the country had had 6 ,401 cases of the virus. No fewer than 1 ,734 patients , who contracted coronavirus had been treated and discharged, while 192 people had died of the virus .
Lagos State has the highest number of cases with 2 ,755 , followed by Kano State , which has 842 and the Federal Capital Territory with 427 cases .
Cases that have been recorded so far in other parts of the North include Katsina, 281 cases ; Bauchi , 224 ; Borno , 227 ; Sokoto, 113 , Zamfara , 84 and Kaduna, 152 .
At their teleconference on Wednesday , northern governors expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken , including presidential orders, there were still violations as people moved from one state to another through compromised and use of illegal routes .
They promised to take further measures , including the deployment of members of their cabinets and civil servants where necessary , to protect their people .
The governor stated, “ The forum resolved to continue its appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as the northern region now has about 54 per cent of the national cases and 70 per cent of new infections.”
They also vowed to continue the evacuation of Almajirai , adding that the exercise would strictly follow laid down protocols for profiling , quarantining , testing, transport , handing and taking over as well as reintegration .

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