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Nigeria Announces 617 New COVID-19 Infections, Toll Now 72,757

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Nigeria health agency on Saturday night announced 617 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, bringing recorded cases in the last six days to 3,502.

Total confirmed cases since the infections started in March rose to 72,757, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on its verified website on Saturday.

COVID-19 cases began to surge around the globe with Nigeria recording a significant rise in over eight weeks.

The NCDC said that the new cases were reported in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC stated that Lagos and Kaduna states as well as the FCT had continued to lead in the number of new infections.

It reported that Lagos State recorded the highest number of new cases with 225 infections, followed by FCT and Kaduna with 181 and 125 respectively.

Others were Adamawa (25), Nasarawa (20), Kano (12), Rivers ( 8 ), Edo (4), Ekiti (4), Bayelsa (3), Ogun (3), Plateau (3), Akwa Ibom (2), Delta (1) and Sokoto (1).

The health agency also disclosed that 139 patients were discharged after recovering from the infection in isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC further said it recorded four additional COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country.

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

The NCDC noted that till date, 72,757 cases had been confirmed, 65,850 discharged and 1,194 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The health agency urged Nigerians not to give up at this critical time.

“Avoid large gatherings especially when indoors, wear a face mask, ensure physical distancing and wash your hands.

“Been an incredibly tough year,many have lost friends, colleagues and family to the COVID-19 pandemic. We can’t let down our guards,” it said.

It stated that in the last two weeks, the agency’s surveillance system had recorded a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The NCDC urged Nigerians to take its public health advisory on the current situation in the country seriously.

The health agency had conducted about 838,333 tests since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced.

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Lagos in Discussions to Provide Residents COVID-19 Vaccines – CJ

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Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos State, has begun plans to make COVID-19 vaccines available for residents in the states.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), who disclosed the Lagos government has begun discussions with COVID-19 vaccines manufacturer, noted that move became necessary following rising cases of patients needing treatments urgently.

Onigbanjo also dismissed claims that the Lagos Government is incapable and unwilling to enforce compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

He said, “It is correct that Lagos State has the highest number of infections and sadly fatalities from COVID-19 in Nigeria. The State Government itself never shied away from admitting that Lagos is indeed the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria. But is it “business-as-usual”? Most certainly not.

“Since the first index patient was confirmed on 27 February 2020, Lagos State Government has led from the front in tackling the pandemic. It was Lagos State who also first introduced; reduced working hours for all sectors of the economy in the State; directed that all its staff between levels 1-14 should work from home; closed all bars, gyms, lounges and cinemas; restricted restaurants to offering take-out services only; and closed worship centres.

“The first lockdown, to contain the pandemic was declared in Lagos on March 30, 2020.

“The first fully equipped isolation centres sprang up in Lagos. At its peak the State had a total bed space of 600 reserved exclusively for COVID-19 patients. The State also led and still leads nationwide in administering COVID- 19 tests.

“As at date we are testing about 3000 persons a day from 60 public and 20 private Sample collection centres, spread out across 57 Local Government and Central Public Health Labs in the state.

“Thousands of people have been successfully treated and discharged from our isolation centres and home based care to date.

“When the second wave started, Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (even while just recovering from being infected with the virus) addressed a press conference on 18 December 2020 and shut down, nightclubs, lounges, concerts and bars.

“A plan to construct three oxygen plants was launched and on the 8th of January 2021 the first installed oxygen plant was commissioned at Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. This is capable of producing 60 large cylinders a day of high grade medical oxygen.

“The state government is also currently discussing with vaccine manufacturers with a view to making vaccines available to Lagosians,” Onigbanjo concluded.

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Malawi Records 562 New COVID-19 Infections, 9 Deaths in 24 Hours

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562 people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in 24 hours nationwide, Malawi’s Presidential Task force has said.

The Presidential Task Force on CoVID-19 added that nine people died from the virus in the period.

Dr. John Phuka, the co-chairperson of the task force, said that 18 new recoveries were recorded.

According to him, hospital admissions are at the highest with at 167 in 18 hospitals across the country; Blantyre still as the highest at 71.

“We should not despair or lose hope as we can stop the spread of the disease if all of us act decisively and choose to adhere to the preventive measures,” Phuka said.

“I have observed that there is fear, worry, stress and anxiety among the public with how the disease is spreading. Let me point it out that these are expected responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown.

“As such, it is expected that people are experiencing fear in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as Covid-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus.”

Malawi has so far confirmed about 10 000 coronavirus cases and 275 deaths – including two cabinet ministers.

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Nigeria Records 7 COVID-19 Deaths, 1,598 New Infections

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Nigeria’s health agency on Saturday night reported no fewer than 1,598 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total confirmed cases in the country to 108,943.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also reported seven deaths from complications related to the deadly virus.

The NCDC, on its official Twitter handle, said the total infections in the country is now 108,943 with 22,156 active cases and 1,420 fatalities.

The country has so far tested 1,147, 523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on February 27, 2020.

The Nigeria’s public health institute said that the new infections were reported from 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It stated that Lagos state topped the list with 461 infections, FCT 206, Plateau 197, Rivers 167, Kaduna state-116, Anambra-53, Ogun-49, Ebonyi-47, Edo-42, Sokoto state-32 and Imo-31 cases.

Katsina state-31, Oyo state-30, Akwa Ibom-27, Delta-16, Kano state-16, Abia-15, Niger-15, Ondo-11, Bayelsa-10, Borno-9, Kebbi-8, Ekiti-7 and Jigawa-1 cases.

The agency further disclosed that 832 patients recovered and had been discharged from various isolation centres across the country.

It added that this indicated 85,367 recoveries from the total 108,943 infections.

According to it, discharges for Saturday includes 430 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.

There is a drop in infections compared with Friday’s 1,867 cases, which is the highest so far in a single day.

Lagos state also recorded substantial drop in cases with 461 new infections far lesser than 713 cases reported on Friday.

The FCT’s 206 new cases represents a slight increase compared to the 199 cases on Friday.

Plateau state recorded a drop in infections with 197 cases against its Friday’s 273.

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