The South-West has recorded 17,744 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, representing 50 per cent of the 35,454 total cases nationwide as of Friday.

According to the COVID-19 situation report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the South-West also recorded 4,016 (27.4%) out of the 14,633 discharged nationwide, and 249 (32.3%) out of 772 deaths in the country.

In the region, Lagos had the most number of cases at 13,226. The NCDC said 1,958 had been discharged while 176 had died.

The South-South followed with over 5,200 cases, representing 15 per cent of total COVID-19 cases and over 160 deaths (22%).

The North Central came third with over 4,300 cases (12%), including more than 1,500 discharged (10.8%) and over 90 deaths (11.9%).

The North-West recorded more than 3,700 confirmed cases in total (10.6%) with over 2,800 discharged (19.6%) and over 125 deaths (16.5%).

On the other hand, the South-East had over 2,200 total cases (6.3%), with over 1,370 discharged (9.5%) and more than 40 deaths (6.2%).

The North-East was the least endemic region with over 1,800 cases (5.3%), over 1,580 discharged (11%) and more than 85 deaths (11%).

Meanwhile, the NCDC recorded 653 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 36,107. The number of discharged and deaths were 14,938 and 778 respectively.

Lagos had the most new cases at 115; Kwara, 85; Enugu, 80; Federal Capital Territory, 78; Rivers, 36; Ondo, 35; Oyo, 30; and Katsina, 28.

Kaduna, 19; Abia, 19; Nasarawa, 18; Plateau, 17; Imo, 16. Ogun, Ebonyi, Benue and Kano had 9 each; Delta, 8; Bauchi, 7; and Ekiti, 6.

Gombe, Bayelsa, Adamawa and Osun had 4 cases each, while Cross River, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara had 1 case each.

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has said the global economy faced a deep recession this year due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, stated this on Saturday at the conclusion of the virtual meeting of the Group of 20 (aka G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, which was chaired by Saudi Arabia.

“Due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy faces a deep recession this year, with partial and uneven recovery expected in 2021. While there remains great uncertainty on the outlook, the unprecedented actions taken by the G20 countries and others have helped to avert a much worse outcome,” Georgieva said in a statement.

She said as the world entered the next phase of the crisis, further policy action would be required, as well as increased international cooperation, adding that the G20 Action Plan was key in this regard.

To support countries in fighting the crisis and to prevent long-lasting scarring of the global economy, particularly high unemployment and increasing inequality, Georgieva said the main priority should be to protect the people, jobs, and economic activities.

Meanwhile, 85 babies have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nueces County, Texas, the United States, reports WCVB-TV.

“We currently have 85 babies under the age of 1 year in Nueces County who have all tested positive for COVID-19,” said the Director of Public Health for Corpus Christi-Nueces County, Annette Rodriguez.

“These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease,” Rodriguez added, without providing additional details on the babies’ conditions.

As of Saturday, over 3.6 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the US, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. The institution said over 141,000 people have died.

Globally, more than 14 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 while nearly 600,000 people have died.

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