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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 223 New Infections, One Death



Nigeria’s health agency has announced the West African nation recorded 223 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and one death.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed that Lagos state led the chart with 85 infections, while FCT occupied the second spot with 35 infections, Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Plateau confirmed cases were at 24, 18 and 13 respectively.

Amongst other states with new cases were; Rivers-10, Abia-7, Ebonyi-6, Anambra-5, Adamawa-4, Bauchi-3, Imo-3, Ogun-3, Oyo-3, Kwara-2, Osun-1 and Taraba-1.

The NCDC revealed these details via its verified website on Friday.

The country has so far conducted no fewer than 673,183 tests since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced.

It said that following the confirmation of the 223 new coronavirus infections, with fatalities recorded in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory, the country’s COVID-19 infections toll rose to 63,731.

The public health Agency also said 96 coronavirus patients have so far recovered and discharged from various isolation centers across the country.

Overall, the NCDC said that till date, 63,731 cases have been confirmed across the country with 59, 844 cases discharged and 1,156 deaths recorded.

The NCDC announced that it had activated a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Level III, to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

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Mozambique to Receive Six Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine



Mozambique’s Minister of Health, Armindo Tiago, has said the East African country could receive up to six million doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for its 30 million population.

Speaking to the Mozambican parliament, Tiago said officials would first need to identify which citizens were most in need.

“From the calculations, we have made, Mozambique would receive about six million doses of vaccine for the 20 percent of the current population estimated at 30 million.

“Currently the Ministry of Health is outlining the requirements and conditions for defining the groups to be vaccinated and also the process of the national vaccination strategy,” said Tiago.

Tiago said Mozambique was part of the global initiative, Covax, which will allow the fast and equitable distribution of vaccines by the World Health Organization.

The WHO’s distribution mechanism will ensure that each country receives doses to vaccinate up to 20% of its population.

The minister also urged the public to continue to comply with the prevention measures, even when vaccines are available.

He said the national health system has a sufficient stock of medicines and personal protective equipment for the coming months.

Mozambique recorded its first case – a 75 years old male that recently returned from United Kingdom (UK) – of the global coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

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COVID-19: Kenyan Lawmaker Seeks Dedicated Road Lanes For Ambulances



A Kenyan lawmaker, Nominated Senator Iman Falhada Dekow, has asked the parliament to create designated special lanes on major roads and highways for ambulances.

According to Dekow, creating designated road lanes for ambulances will ease emergency medical evacuation during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

She noted that the Traffic Act 403 Section 119 provides special treatment of ambulances when they are taking people to hospital but most drivers in the East African country make it hard for the vehicles to rush patients in need of emergency medical services to the hospitals.

Dekow said most motorists do not give way for the ambulances forcing them to manoeuvre traffic yet they are carrying critical patients.

“It is important that traffic police enforce traffic rules and ensure motorists who block ambulances are arrested,” she said.

She said the trend is common in towns with high traffic levels, such as Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru and Mombasa.

The Traffic Act 403 Section 119 validates traffic Rule 83, which states that: “Drivers should give right of way upon hearing sirens indicating the approach of police vehicles, ambulances or fire engines.”

“We are in the middle of a pandemic and without a coordinated response to these incidents; there is a potential of unnecessary increase in morbidity and mortality,” Dekow said.

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Algeria To Begin Free Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines In January



Algeria’s health agency has said the north African country will begin the distribution of a vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) in “a month’s time”.

Prof Kamel Sanhadji, president of the National Agency for Health Security, in a radio broadcast, said the coronavirus vaccine will be rolled out free for all Algerians.

He added that the usage of the vaccine will not be made compulsory.

“These days we are studying all vaccines scientifically, and if approved, we will start the vaccination operations a month from now in batches,” Senhadji said.

It is not known which vaccine Algeria has opted for, but Prof Sanhadji said his country would not acquire a vaccine unless the World Health Organization approves its effectiveness and quality.

Prof Sanhadji pointed out that Algeria has “the means and capacity to acquire all vaccines including those that require lower temperature storage”.

The official pointed out that in the next few days they will reveal the vaccine that Algeria will acquire.

He added that international flights from and to the country “would not resume until the vaccination had started”.

A health passport will then be required for all passengers to prove they have taken the vaccine.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Abdel Rahman Ben Bouzid told Algerian Radio that his country had begun negotiations with several international labs which announced the production of vaccines for the coronavirus.

As of Thursday, Algeria recorded 85,927 coronavirus cases, including 2,480 deaths and 55,538 recoveries.

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