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Egypt Confirms 970 New COVID-19 Cases, Numbers Keep Rising

On Monday the minister said that within two or three weeks, the country will receive 20 per cent of its vaccines needs via the AstraZeneca vaccine from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Egypt’s Health Ministry on Tuesday recorded 970 new coronavirus cases which now brings the country’s total up to 151,723, ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed announced.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Egypt is now 8,304, after the ministry announced that 55 persons recently died.

Egypt’s total number of fully-recovered cases has also risen to 119,635, after 423 patients were discharged from quarantine at isolation hospitals.

In March last year, The Egyptian government imposed strict precautionary measures to limit the outbreak and spreading of coronavirus. The measures included banning large gatherings, and closing restaurants, theatres, and cinemas, and a curfew.

Egypt like any other African countries has officially entered the second wave of the pandemic, after it witnessed a steady rise of cases in November and December.

Although the North African country has witnessed a decline in new case in January, the health ministry and government officials continue to urge the public to adhere to precautionary measures against the virus.

In late December, The Ministry of Education decided it had become necessary for schools to revert to online classes again and postpone exams ahead of the mid-year vacation that starts on January 16 and goes until February 20.

Once students return from vacation, they will sit for their first-term exams.

According to the country’s Health Minister Hala Zayed.Egypt, Egypt has received doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, and more shipments are expected.

On Monday the minister said the country will receive 20 per cent of its vaccines needs via the AstraZeneca vaccine from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance within two or three weeks.

Egypt’s Health Ministry is also expecting shipment of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine. It signed for 25 million doses back in September, and clinical trials of the vaccine will commence once the shipment arrives.

Egypt plans to roll out its vaccination campaign come the beginning of February, starting with the elderly, healthcare workers, and those with underlying health conditions.

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Lagos Tests 285,948 COVID-19 Samples in Nigeria

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Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, say no fewer than 285, 948 samples have been tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease since inception.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Wednesday, made the disclosure through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 17.

The commissioner said that 285,948 total samples were tested, out of which 263,358 were valid.

He said that the remaining 22,590 were repeat tested samples.

According to him, 41,374 of the tested samples were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.

“There were 21 accredited private and four public laboratories in the state. 143,634 samples were processed in public laboratories and 142,314 samples processed in private laboratories.

“The volume of samples tested by private laboratories has increased to 50 per cent, almost equalling the volume tested by public laboratories.

“Seven hundred and seventy-six new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the state on the reported date, increasing the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 41,374,” he said.

According to him, 3,209 COVID-19 patients who have been successfully treated and recovered were discharged from the state’s care centres.

“Total number of #COVID19 recovery in communities are 28, 452.

“Cases currently under isolation- 223 active cases under home based care are 9,213,” Abayomi said.

The commissioner also disclosed that the state recorded another two COVID-19 related fatalities, increasing the COVID-19 deaths in the state to 277.

He said bed occupancy at the state’s public and private COVID-19 care centres had risen to 70 per cent.

Abayomi said that two isolation centres, Gbagada and Amuwo II, would soon be activated to create more bed spaces for patients.

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Kenya is Being Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out – Raab

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UK’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, says Britain is helping Kenya to prepare to roll out the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from next month.

“It is for us not just our moral duty, but in the British national interest to see Kenyans vaccinated just as soon as we physically, logistically can,” Raab, who is on a one-day working visit to Kenya.

On January 7, Kenya’s Minister of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, had revealed that the country ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University.

Kagwe said the vaccines were ordered through an African Union (AU) initiative.

Raab said Britain will provide technical assistance to Kenya’s health ministry to help ensure the vaccine gets to everyone.

Kenya has a population of about 48 million, according to a 2019 population census. It has so far confirmed 99,308 coronavirus cases and 1,130,707 tests.

There have been 82,478 recoveries and 1,734 deaths.

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Nigeria Records 1,301 New COVID-19 Infections, 15 Deaths

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Nigeria recorded no fewer than 1,301 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and 15 fatalities due to complications from the diseases in 24 hours.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in a statement on its website, said total confirmed cases nationwide rose to 113,305 between Monday and Tuesday.

The NCDC disclosed figures on Tuesday on its official website.

1,191,866 people have so far been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded in the country on Feb. 27, 2020.

The public health agency said that 1,261 patients had been discharged from isolation centres after testing negative to the virus.

The NCDC noted that the discharges included 702 community recoveries in Lagos State, 157 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 143 in Plateau.

“So far a total of 91,200 patients have been discharged following their recovery from COVID-19,” NCDC said.

It reported 15 COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours across the country.

The Nigeria’s public health agency said that the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the FCT in the last 24 hours.

It, however, said that a total of 1,464 patients died from the disease.

NCDC said that Lagos recorded the highest number of new cases with 551, followed by the FCT 209, Oyo State 83 and Plateau State 65.

Other states were Kaduna (64), Enugu (61), Rivers (44), Ondo (39), Benue (37), Akwa Ibom (31), Kano (19), Delta (18), Gombe (18), Ogun (16), Edo (15), Kebbi (10), Ebonyi (nine), Jigawa (four), Osun and Zamfara three each, Borno and Nasarawa, one each.

The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

Meanwhile, the agency urged the public to stem the rate of infection by avoiding close contact, wearing cloth face masks in public places and practising good hygiene.

“Avoid close contact. This means avoiding close contact within about six feet, or two meters with anyone who is sick or has symptoms.

“ Also, keep distance between yourself and others. This is especially important if you have a higher risk of serious illness.

“Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you are sick. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.

“Stay home from work, school and public areas if you are sick, unless you are going to get medical care. Avoid public transportation, taxis and ride-sharing if you’re sick.

“If you have a chronic medical condition and may have a higher risk of serious illness, check with your doctor about other ways to protect yourself,” it advised.

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