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Lagos Posts 712 Infections as Nigeria Announces 1,354 New COVID-19 Cases

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continued to surge in Nigeria with the West African country posting an unprecedented 1354 new cases of the disease.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in its daily update on Tuesday night, said the new figure eclipsed the 1,204 cases set on Monday.

On a state-by-state basis, Lagos State posted a new record 712 cases, more than the 645 reported on Monday.

The 1,354 cases came from 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

But Lagos accounted for 55 per cent of the total, confirming that it remains the epicentre of the virus.

Overall the number of infections in the commercial capital of Nigeria is now 32,687, more than one third of the national total of 92,705 cases.

Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who recently contracted the virus took to Twitter Tuesday, warning citizens to be aware of the virus.

“There is an urgent need for us to be more circumspect in the way we live, interact and socialize with our friends and family”, he wrote.

“Many people are ignoring #COVID19 warnings and guidelines, thereby exposing themselves and others to the virus.

He also warned about a possible lockdown, should the virus spread get out of control.

“We are well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Yesterday, Lagos scarily recorded its highest number of infection in one day: 712.

“We have already recorded a frightening spike in infection cases.

“This spike brings positive cases to a total of 32,720 in Lagos alone”, he added.

According to the NCDC, there was one death recorded overnight, making the death toll inch up to 1,319.

The lone death occurred in Kaduna state, which now has a death toll of 54.

Also the cumulative number of the discharged went up to 76,396.

“Our discharges today include 324 community recoveries in Lagos State and 137 community recoveries in FCT managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC said.

Here is the breakdown of the cases Tuesday:

Lagos-712
FCT-145
Plateau-117
Kwara-81
Kaduna-54
Sokoto-39
Oyo-38
Rivers-37
Gombe-21
Enugu-20
Akwa Ibom-16
Bauchi-14
Delta-14
Ebonyi-13
Anambra-9
Taraba-8
Edo-8
Kano-3
Osun-2
Ekiti-2
Ogun-1

92,705 confirmed
76,396 discharged
1,319 deaths

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe’s First Lady Calls for Prayers, Fasting

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The Zimbabwean First Lady has invited women in the country to join her for three days of prayer and fasting over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Auxillia Mnangagwa stated she would fast and pray from Thursday till Saturday for Zimbabwe to be “spared from further calamity”.

She urged women to ensure their families observe Covid-19 safety guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading further.

“We need a plan at the household level for regularly using any means at our disposal to clean and sanitise our homes, to ensure that everyone in the home knows the importance of having a mask and masking up properly, more importantly to organise sharp, safe errands for our requirements to get going whilst enforcing the family to stay at home,” she said in a statement.

Zimbabwe has lost 879 people to coronavirus, including top government officials with the most recent death being that of Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo.

On Wednesday, January 20, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Sibusiso Moyo, died after contracting COVID-19.

Moyo, a former army general who announced the military coup that led to the removal of the late long-serving leader Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

Moyo died at a local hospital early on Wednesday,.

Moyo was one of several generals who, after helping plot the coup, were rewarded with senior positions in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cabinet and the ruling ZANU-PF party.

Another cabinet minister, retired general and agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, died of the virus in July 2020.

Zimbabwe has suffered a surge in COVID-19 infections, with more than half of the 28,675 total cases and 825 deaths being recorded since New Year’s Day.

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Kenya’s Covid-19 Vaccine Team Finalise Roll-out Plan

The country’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said it is ensuring that as many voices are heard and considered as the team plans for rollout.

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Kenya is currently putting final touches to its Covid-19 vaccine roadmap.

The country’s vaccine team which consists of 11 members, says that its recommendation will officially be submitted to President Uhuru Kenyatta over the weekend, after which they could possibly be made public next week.

The task force is chaired by a senior advisor to President Kenyatta on Malaria, Dr Willis Akhwale, who has promised a solid deployment process of vaccination within the country after deliberations that began in December last year.

“It should be ready by Monday because after this meeting, we will embark on putting everything that we have deliberated and agreed on together to come up with one solid plan which we will submit to President Kenyatta, ” he said while speaking to the press.

The country’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said it is ensuring that as many voices are heard and considered as the team plans for rollout.

“The president and the Health cabinet secretary will be briefed once it’s complete, possibly by the weekend. But those present at this meeting include the WHO, Development partners, groups such as Red cross, Amref and others. MoH team includes the PS, DG and all heads of directorates. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board is also present, ” a source at MoH said.

Dr Akwale last week said the county governments will not be left out in the vaccine distribution plan as the vaccines will trickle down to their level. “We will engage counties, look at all the financial options and availability,” he said.

The taskforce has been saddled with the responsibility of dissecting issues like vaccine hesitancy, vaccine depots, county engagement, cold chain storage and logistics and immunisation records as well donor interests among other issues surrounding Kenya’s preparedness.

This arrangement comes after it was reported that Kenya is expected to receive 11 million additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the vaccine for all member countries.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Total Infection Hits 114,691, Death 1,478

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No fewer than 114,691 people have been confirmed to have contracted coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, a statement from the country’s health agency said on Wednesday.

The new figure comes as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 1,386 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday night.

The agency also said the virus claimed 14 lives between Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing total death to 1,478.

Nigeria has so far tested 1,198,758 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.

The NCDC said 14 new COVID-19 patients were confirmed dead in the last 24 hours, while the total death toll stood at 1,478.

The health agency website showed that Nigeria had successfully treated and discharged 92,336 COVID-19 patients, following the discharge of 1,136 additional patients in the last 24 hours.

The public health agency said the new cases were reported in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Lagos State, the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, recorded 476 new infections bringing the total number of the infections in the state to 42,427.

“Other states with new cases included, Rivers-163, FCT-116, Kaduna-114, Oyo-68, Plateau-62, Ogun-56, Imo-55, Osun-55, Edo-51, Anambra-50, Kwara-44 and Kano-17.

Ebonyi recorded 14, Cross River-10, Delta-10, Jigawa, eight; Bayelsa and Ekiti recorded six each, Borno and Taraba, two each; and Zamfara had one, the NCDC said.

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

Between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17, the number of new confirmed cases in Nigeria increased to 10,300 from 9,940 in one week. The new cases were reported in 34 states and the FCT.

The number of discharged cases in 28 states and the FCT increased to 9,287 from 4,986 in week one.

The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is put at 1.3 per cent.

The number of reported deaths in the last one week in 15 states and the FCT was 77.

The number of international travellers with COVID-19 positive result was 689, compared to 817 in the first week of 2021.

In Africa, confirmed COVID-19 cases are 3,238,577 with 78,351 deaths and a CFR put at 2.4 per cent.

Globally, confirmed COVID-19 cases are 93,194,922 with 2,014,729 deaths and a CFR of 2.2 per cent.

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