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Kenya Records 810 New Coronavirus Infections

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Kenya has recorded 810 new coronavirus cases, the East African country’s health ministry announced on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said the cases increased infections in the country to 79,322 since March.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said eight patients had succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 1,417 since April.

He said there were 1,198 patients admitted in various health facilities across the countrry.

“7,169 are on home-based isolation and care,” he said in a statement. “Forty-nine patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, thirty-one of whom are on ventilatory support, and fourteen on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

Kenya has experienced a surge in the number of infections since September, in what threatens plans to reopen schools in January next year.

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AU Secures Additional 400m Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

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Africa Centre for Disease Control has revealed that the African Union has gotten an additional 400m doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

This is barely a week after 270m doses of the vaccine were acquired.

Many African countries have not started vaccinating their citizens as they cannot afford the cost of purchasing vaccines amid a growing vaccine nationalism.

“An additional 400 million doses of vaccines have been secured from the Serum Institute of India,” Africa CDC director, John Nkengasong told a press conference.

“If you add 400 million doses to the 270 million doses, I think we are beginning to make very, very good progress.”

Africa is also expected to benefit from the World Health Organisation’s COVAX initiative.

The 670m doses already secured from the SII are part of India’s production using the Oxford-AstraZeneca formula.

Africa will need at least 1.5bn doses to vaccinate 60% of its 1.3bn population, and less than half of have been secured.

Economic giants- South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt and others have finalised plans to buy vaccines from manufacturers.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa had on Tuesday accused the big countries of the world of hoarding COVID-19 vaccines to the detriment of the developing nations.

South Africa was also confirmed to have paid a higher price for doses of vaccines in comparison with richer EU countries.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 22 Additional Deaths, 1,861 New Infections

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Twenty-two people have died of coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications in Nigeria within 24 hours, the country’s health agency reports.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Wednesday, reported that the country’s death toll increased to 1,544 with the latest fatalities.

The NCDC reports that the additional 22 deaths make it the second single-day record for COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria after 23 deaths recorded on January 14.

The Public health agency also announced 1,861 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours in the country.

It added that the country has recorded the 1,861 new cases of COVID-19 making it-the second highest daily new infection in less than one week.

“The highest record so far was set on January 23rd when NCDC reported 2,314 cases, while 1,964 cases were recorded on January 21 and 1,867 cases on January 16,”It stated.

The agency noted that the country has set a new second single-day record for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalisations and has its fourth-highest single-day total of new cases.

The public health agency said that the new infections were reported from 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC revealed that 773 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 285 cases were confirmed in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and Oyo reported 138 cases.

Amongst others states with new cases were: Rivers-111, Plateau-92, Nasarawa-83, Kaduna-59, Enugu-57, Imo-57, Edo-43, Kano-27, Kwara-20, Ebonyi-19, Abia-17, Ogun-12, Osun-12, Katsina-eight, Bayelsa-six, Bauchi-five, Delta-five, Borno-four, Jigawa-four and Zamfara-one.

It noted that the numbers of recoveries and discharged on Wednesday increased by 1,089.

According to the health agency, discharges today include 697 community recoveries in Lagos State, 128 in Rivers State and 116 in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines.

The NCDC stated that the new update brings the country’s total case to 126,160, recoveries and discharged stand at 100,365, in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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

Nigeria 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.

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Death Toll of Pigs Killed By Swine Fever in Tanzania Now 1,155

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Tanzania’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries says the number of pigs killed by the African swine fever in northern Tanzania has risen from 500 to 1,155, an official said on Wednesday.

Hezron Nonga, the Director of Veterinary Services in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, told Xinhua in a telephone interview that out of the 1,155 killed pigs, 909 were in Kahama district, 56 in Geita district, 38 in Mbogwe district, 147 in Sengerema district, four in Kyerwa district and one in Misungwi district.

Nonga visited Kahama district to provide support to a team of experts formed by the government to contain the spread of the deadly disease that broke out in Kahama district in late December 2020.

Mashimba Ndaki, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, last week directed regional and district commissioners to control the transportation of pigs to curb the spread of the disease.

In March 2018, more than 900 pigs were killed by the African swine fever in Tanzania’s southern region of Ruvuma

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