A total of 653 people died as a result of a wave of cholera that has affected Nigeria since March, adding to the crisis caused by the increase in coronavirus infections.

Cholera affected the entire north of the African country in recent weeks.

Of those killed by cholera since March, 186 lived in Kano State, according to Bashir Lawan Muhammad, state epidemiologist and deputy director of public health of the country.

The rainy season worsens the situation, while insecurity persists in the north of the country, where authorities are fighting Islamist militants and armed criminals, hampering the government’s response capacity.

At least 22 of Nigeria’s 36 states, as well as the territory of the federal capital Abuja, have suspected cholera cases, according to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.

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