No fewer than 27 people succumbed to complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria within 24 hours, the country’s health agency has reported.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday said the total fatalities due to the virus rose to 1,577 following the new recorded deaths.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Friday.
The public agency also announced 1,114 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the past 24 hours and these have taken the country’s total case load to 128,674.
It stated that the new COVID-19 cases were reported in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The agency noted that Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, registered the highest number of new cases with 408 infections.
So far, Lagos has recorded a total of 47,879 infections, 39,571 recoveries and 311 deaths as of Jan. 29.
The FCT came a distant second with 95 new infections.
In the states, Plateau recorded 90 new infections; Ondo-66; Kaduna-63; Oyo-56; Borno-46; Imo -42, Edo-41 and Ogun-37.
Rivers had 31; Ekiti-25, Yobe-20, Kano and Akwa Ibom,18 each, Delta and Osun have 15 each; Kwara-11, Bayelsa-6, Nasarawa-6, Zamfara-4 and Bauchi-1.
The agency said that 1,269 people had been successfully treated and had been discharged from the isolation centres in the country in the past 24 hours.
The health agency noted that there were backlog of 26 discharged cases in Akwa Ibom.
The public health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide
The country has so far tested 1,270,523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020 in the country.
The active cases in the country’s isolation centres stood at 24,317 as of Jan. 29.
12 Die of COVID-19 Complications in Nigeria
Twelve people died of complications related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in Nigeria, the country’s health agency has said.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) 571 new cases of COVID-19 were also recorded, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 153, 187.
The country’s daily COVID-19 infection rate has dropped below 1,000 for the seventh consecutive days.
It also recorded 12 COVID-19 related deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,874.
The agency noted that the new infections were reported in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Nigeria’s public health agency stated that Lagos state reported 170 cases, Ogun, FCT and Kwara reported 65, 45 and 34 cases respectively, Abia 32 cases, Enugu 32, Kano 25, Oyo 22 and Ondo 21.
Rivers and Kaduna reported 19 cases each, Benue 18, Bayelsa and Kebbi 12 cases each, Nasarawa 11, Akwa Ibom 9, Delta 8, Ekiti 6, Niger 5, Bauchi and Imo 3 cases each.
The NCDC said that 643 infected people recovered, adding that total recuperated and discharge stands at 129,943 now.
The health agency stated that the discharged include 214 community recoveries in Lagos State, 61 in FCT and 11 in Benue.
It said the number of active cases, had continue to dropped drastically.
The current active cases stood at 21,279 down from 21,567 in the past 24 hours in the country.
The country recorded a slight reduction in the number of infections, recoveries and deaths last week.
From Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, 5,849 new cases were reported in the country, the lowest in seven weeks.
The last time the country reported such a low figure was in the Dec. 27, 2020 to Jan. 2 with 5,681 cases.
Ghana Receives COVID-19 Vaccines
The West African nation of Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the humanitarian vaccine distribution mechanism Covax.
The arrival represents the start of a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign encompassing 20 African countries.
“This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end,’’ World Health Organisation (WHO) Ghana representative Francis Kasolo and UNICEF Ghana representative Anne-Claire Dufay said in a joint statement.
The 600,000 Covax-sponsored vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine coming from the Serum Institute of India, according to the statement.
The Covax initiative aims to deliver almost 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
“The shipments also represent the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history,’’ Kasolo and Dufay said.
“As health workers and other front-line staff are vaccinated, we will be able to gradually see a return to normalcy,’’ the two representatives added.
Ghana is planning to begin its vaccination campaign on March 2, said information minister designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
Health workers, people older than 60 years, people with underlying health conditions as well as essential workers and teachers will be first to be immunised, according to Nkrumah.
So far, less than two dozen African countries have started COVID-19 vaccination, according to the WHO.
Africa has recorded more than 3.8 million COVID-19 cases, 3.5 per cent of all reported cases worldwide, and more than 102,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control.
Turkey Repatriates 3 Turks Infected with Coronavirus from Tanzania
The Turkish government has airlifted three of its citizen from Tanzania after they were infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the East African country.
Turkey’s Ministry of Health said the citizens, identified as Halil A., Eyyüp K. and Oğuzhan A., were taken to Istanbul by an air ambulance where they will be treated.
The had applied to Turkish authorities for treatment in Turkey earlier.
Turkey, which offers free-of-charge air ambulance services for its citizens, occasionally brings COVID-19 patients from pandemic hot spots around the world for treatment.
Tanzania had stopped giving updates on the virus since April after President John Magufuli had declared the country coronavirus-free.
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; the United States; and the local Catholic church had previously called on Tanzania to acknowledge COVID-19 for the good of its citizens, neighbouring countries, and the world, especially after a number of countries reported that visitors arriving from Tanzania tested positive for the virus.
However, on Sunday, Magufuli acknowledge there is “a coronavirus problem” in his country after the virus had claimed the lives of several high-profile figures, including vice president of the semi-autonomous Zanzibar region and the president’s chief secretary.
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