Enugu Priest dies of Covid-19 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre, a statement from the Catholic Diocese of Enugu says.
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu today lost one of its priests, Rev. Fr. Joachim Cabranes, to the Covid-19 virus, a statement from the Diocese said
Fr. Cabanyes passed on at the isolation Centre located at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozala near Enugu City, according to the Catholic Bishop’s Secretary, Rev. Fr. Nkemjika Igweshi,
Fr. Cabanyes, a Spaniard and member of Opus Dei Prelature, has been living and working in Nigeria for about 28 years.
He was buried today in Enugu, following NCDC protocols, the announcement said.
Fr. Nkemjika described the priest as “a nice, easy-going, cordial, generous, prayerful, and dedicated pastor … (who) loved our people so much and always attended our diocesan functions.”
Fr. Cabanyes is the fourth death from Covid-19 recorded in Enugu within the past one week.
Cases surge in Ebonyi, Enugu.
Based on figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control last night, 17 July 2020, the South East recorded 596 new cases of Covid-19 last week, with 343 recoveries and 13 new deaths.
This brought the total number of infections in the region as at weekend ended yesterday to 2379 cases, out of which 1,432 recovered and 51 persons could not make it (see table).
Enugu and Ebonyi States accounted for 2 out of every three infections in the region, with Enugu surging past Ebonyi last night to occupy the unenviable top position in the region.
To date, Enugu has recorded 17 deaths altogether, also the highest in the region, followed by, Ebonyi (12), Anambra (10). Imo (9) and Abia with the lowest number at three deaths.
The outbreak in the South East represents 6.59% of the national total, the lowest among the regions.
Overall, deaths in the region as a result of the virus outbreak is also the lowest.
Nigeria crosses 36,000-case milestone
The NCDC announced last night that the national figure for all cases of Covid-19 has now climbed to 36,107 cases, out of which 14,938 recovered and 778 have died.
This figure came from 600 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths that were recorded yesterday across the nation, NCDC said
The three South South States of Edo (1,885), Rivers (1,516) and Delta (1,423) have rapidly climbed and remain among the top 10 endemic states for the disease. They occupy the fourth, fifth and sixth positions on the table of cases respectively.
The top three slots are occupied by Lagos (13,226), FCT (2,879) and Oyo (2,076).
The 600 new cases came from 20 states – Lagos (129), FCT (118), Oyo (87), Kano (55), Benue (42), Enugu (35), Kwara (28), Imo (16), Ogun (13), Kaduna (12), Ondo (12), Delta (11), Edo (11), Plateau (8), Nasarawa( 6), Ekiti (6), Niger (6), Borno (4), Abia (4), Gombe (3)
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