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COVID-19: Nigeria Tests 1,270,523 People, Records 127,024 Total Confirmed Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 864 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 127, 024.

The NCDC disclosed this on its website on Thursday.

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 country’s COVID-19 cases fell below 1,000 on Thursday, but Lagos state the nation’s epicentre of the pandemic didn’t register any infection.

It stated that the 864 new infections and additional three deaths were registered in the last 24 hours in the country.

The new update represented a sharp fall in infections, compared with the 1,861 cases registered on Wednesday with 22 deaths.

“The reason for the sharp fall was that no case of the virus was registered for Lagos, which reported 773 cases the previous day.”

The same thing happened few days ago when the health agency did not include Lagos state on its list, only to update the figures later, with the country reporting the highest single day infections and a record breaking of over 2,000.

The Nigeria public health Institute stated that the new infections were reported from 23 States and the FCT.

According to it, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja posted over 100 cases, peaking at 129, a drop from the 285 cases recorded the previous day.

Amongst other states with new infections were;Anambra-87, Rivers-82, Benue-80, Oyo-76, Plateau-61, Kaduna-54, Delta-51, Nasarawa-38, Kwara-36, and Edo-32.

Other states included Katsina-26, Kano-24, Taraba-18, Ogun-14, Sokoto-11, Gombe-10, Jigawa-seven, Akwa Ibom-six, Cross River-six, Zamfara-five, Bauchi-five, Osun-four and Ekiti-two.

The agency said that 488 people had been successfully treated and had recovered from the isolation centres across the country in the last 24 hours.

It, however added that its discharges for the day included 164 community recoveries in Kaduna State and 102 community recoveries in Plateau managed in line with its guidelines.

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 in week three, the number of new confirmed cases increased to 11,179 from 10,300 in week two. These were reported in 34 states and the FCT.

The country’s number of discharged cases in week three, decreased to 7,911 from 9,287 in week two. These were reported in 27 states and the FCT.

Cumulatively, since the outbreak began in Week 9, 2020 there have been 1,504 deaths reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.2 percent.

The number of reported deaths in the last one week in 18 states and the FCT was 69.

In week three, the number of in-bound international travellers at the country’s airports was 16,150 compared with 17,947 in week two.

While the number of international travellers with a positive result was 615 compared to 689 from week two.

In Africa, the count for confirmed COVID-19 cases is 3,438,133 with 85,278 deaths resulting in a case fatality rate of 2.5 percent.

Globally, the count for confirmed COVID-19 cases is 97,831,595 with 2,120,877 deaths resulting in a case fatality rate of 2.2 per cent.

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COVID-19: World Bank Pledges 30 African Countries Vaccine Grants

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Not less than thirty African countries will be helped by the World Bank through emergency funding for the procurement of vaccines.

Many African countries are yet to start vaccination programmes although Western nations have already vacccinated millions of people.

A larger percentage of African nations rely on the WHO-backed COVAX facility which has shipped vaccines to three African countries already; Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

The World Bank says funds are being prepared for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Niger, Mozambique, Tunisia, eSwatini, Rwanda, Senegal, amongst others but failed to reveal how much they will be getting to aid their vaccines procurement.

The bank has said the funds are available and will be given out as grants to African countries or on highly concessional terms.

A spokesperson of the World Bank said it is the first time the bank will financially back an immunisation plan.

Africa is not as ravaged as the rest of the world but with more than 100,000 deaths recorded so far, the CDC has said it is not in a good place.

Dr. John Nkegasong, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control noted the continent has no business recording as many deaths as it has done.

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Zambia to Recruit 395 Health Workers for COVID-19 Fight

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Zambia’s Minister of Health, Jonas Chanda, has announced plans to recruit 395 health workers to lessen the burden on the workforce worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chanda confirmed that President Edgar Lungu had authorised the hiring of more health workers as part of the COVID-19 response.

“The epidemiology of the COVID-19 has contributed to an unprecedented increase in the demands on the healthcare workforce, and simultaneously
diminished health worker supply,” he said in a statement.

“The ministry has also employed the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes platform to enhance the capacity of the current staff through
mentorship and case management”, said the official.

Chanda acknowledged that the country had seen reduced numbers of COVID-19 cases in the past one week, but warned against complacency.

According to him, more efforts need to be exerted in order to sustain the gains and prevent an anticipated third wave in the cold season.

Zambia recorded 555 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative cases to 79,557. The cases were picked from 6,266 tests done,
representing a nine per cent positivity.

During the same period, the country recorded six deaths, bringing the total deaths to 1,104, while 476 patients were discharged,
bringing the total recoveries to 75,563.

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Nigeria Receives First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines

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The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organisation and GAVI’s COVAX facility has arrived Nigeria.

The vaccines were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday morning.

Nigeria has received 3.92million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first batch and it is expected to be administered on health workers, people who work in the essential service areas and some other citizens.

The vaccines with the brand name COVIShield is made as a patent of AstraZeneca vaccine, by the Serum Institute of India.

Nigeria is West Africa’s worst-hit country with 156,017 cases and 1915 deaths recorded so far at a fatality rate of 1.22%, which is lower than the African average of more than 2.5% fatality.

COVAX vaccination programmes have already started in Ivory Coast and Ghana, with President Nana Akufo-Addo and his wife receiving the vaccines publicly on Monday in Accra.

The vaccination rollout and scheduling will be handled by the Nigerian Primary Healthcare board.

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