Larry King, famous talk show host loses battle of COVID-19
Saturday, 23rd January 2020, was a day Lagos recorded 14 new deaths in the past one week while the world reeled from the loss of Larry King, the phenomenal radio and television talk show host to the ravages of the COVD-19 coronavirus disease.
In its latest report, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that Lagos recorded 498 new infections on Saturday after a belated bulletin released on Saturday showed that 831 new persons had joined the list of infected Lagosians, bringing the total number by the end of Saturday to 1,329.
In the past one week, the number of deaths in Lagos due to COVID-19, climbed from 271 to 285.
Saturday, also witnessed the obituary of Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and known for his signature suspenders. He was 87.
King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.
A statement was posted on his verified Facebook account announcing his passing. His son, Chance, confirmed King’s death Saturday morning.
“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” the statement said.
“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”
NCDC in its latest bulletin reported that on Saturday, 1633 new confirmed cases and five deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
Until date, 120,602 cases have been confirmed nationwide, 95901 cases have been discharged and 1,502 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 1633 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (498), Plateau (214), FCT (176), Rivers (99), Kaduna (98), Edo (87), Anambra (86), Akwa Ibom (50), Osun (47), Kano (40), Oyo (40), Kwara (39), Ebonyi (28), Niger (28), Taraba (28), Ogun (27), Ondo (21), Ekiti (12), Katsina (7), Borno (6) and Delta (2).
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response to COVID-19.