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Coronavirus live Nigeria: total cases, deaths and latest news

Coronavirus Nigeria live: latest Covid-19 news - 18 April

Nigeria coronavirus update at 23:30 CEST (23:30 WAT) on Saturday 18 April

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 2,310,572 cases have been detected worldwide, with 158,691 deaths and 590,682 people now recovered.

In Nigeria, there have been 493 cases, with 17 deaths and 159 people recovering from the virus.

Lagos sees 23 new coronavirus cases

Further detail from the World Health Organisation on new cases of Covid-19.

Football to feel financial hit

A French MEP has been speaking about how this current crisis could turn Real Madrid's €200-million target into a €40 million reality.


Coronavirus frontline health workers pictured above, at a factory producing PPE equipment commissioned by the Ghana government in Accra this weekend. Most nations across the African continent have stopped short of forcing all of their citizens to stay indoors. Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja and Ogun), Madagascar and Ghana have completely locked down selected regions and towns, while Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger have imposed states of emergency and night-time curfews.

340 Americans evacuated from Nigeria

Around 340 American citizens were evacuated from Nigeria and returned home to the United States on Saturday as the coronavirus pandemic gathers pace around the world.

According to the US Mission in Nigeria, the evacuees left on a chartered Omni Air International flight from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, bound for Dulles Airport, Washington.

While the US remains closed to all international flights, government is allowing oversees countries to evacuate their nationals by air. Since the end of January, more than 60,000 US citizens have been repatriated from over 100 countries worldwide.

Spain passes 20,000 deaths

The European death toll continues to rise and according to the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has reached another unwanted, but expected, milestone.

The official number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the country has surpassed 20,000, as the number of confirmed cases closes in on 200,000.

Only the USA (nearly 38,000) and Italy (23,000) have reported more at this point.

What a difference a few months make

An interesting cartoon depicts how Covid-19 has turned our world upside down in so many ways.

Private hospitals could be closed by government

By disobeying Nigeria's orders, unaccredited hospitals could be shut down.

Malawi court intervenes in lockdown move

Malawi’s High Court on Friday temporarily barred the government from implementing a 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus following a petition by a human rights group.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition argued that the government had failed to announce any measures to cushion the poor during the lockdown.

Nigeria coronavirus questions answered by NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has published a FAQ message to citizens over Covid-19 testing. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that restrictions could be in place in some states indefinitely as Lagos, Abuja and Ogun receive longer quarantines.

Nigeria Covid-19 latest confirmed cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has issued its situation report for 17 April. 

All the information you need on how to watch the One World: Together at Home concert on Saturday 18 April in aid of the WHO's Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Lassa fever

The Nigerian government has issued a warning to health workers to be on the lookout for Lassa fever when treating patients during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 infections of Lassa fever occur annually, with approximately 5,000 deaths.

51 new cases in Nigeria: a breakdown

Here is a breakdown by location of the 51 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Nigeria, courtesy of the country's Centre for Disease Control:

Coronavirus vaccine: 70 in development

The World Health Organization says 70 vaccines against the coronavirus are currently in the works, with three now being tested on humans.

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Nigeria coronavirus update at 11:15 CEST (10:15 WAT) on Saturday 18 April

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 2,258,926 cases have been detected worldwide, with 154,686 deaths and 574,791 people now recovered.

In the Nigeria, there have been 493 cases, with 17 deaths and 159 people recovering from the virus.

Mourners told to avoid mass gatherings

In the wake of Abba Kyari’s death, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has warned Nigerians against coming together to pay their respects to the presidential chief of staff, or any other friends or relatives killed by the coronavirus.

Presidential spokesperson provides update after Kyari death

Here is presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu talking to the media outlet NTA News in the wake of the death of the Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari:

Nigerian president's chief of staff dies of Covid-19

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, has died after contracting coronavirus, it has been announced.

The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,” presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu tweeted early on Saturday. 

"The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020."

What have been the worst pandemics and epidemics in history?

In five months, the Covid-19 pandemic has claimed over 150,000 lives globally. But the world has suffered other deadlier pandemics, epidemics and plagues through history.

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Nigeria coronavirus live coverage: welcome

Good morning and welcome to our live, Nigeria-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. We'll endeavour to bring you the latest news and figures relating to the Covid-19 crisis not only in the African country, but also elsewhere in the world.