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Nigeria Records 56 New Infections, Discharges 165 Patients

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 56 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Monday.

It said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 66,439.

The NCDC said that the new infections were from nine states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health agency also announced that 165 patients were discharged from isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC added that Kaduna State reported the highest daily figure of infections followed by FCT and Lagos with 18, 17 and 6 cases respectively.

Other states with new infections were Plateau-5, Kano-3, Kwara-2, Yobe-2, Ekiti-1, Niger-1 and Rivers-1.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level 3 which continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC also said that one death was recorded in the country.

It noted that “till date, 66,439 cases have been confirmed, 62,241 cases have been discharged and 1,168 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the FCT.”

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AU Allocates 8.7 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines to Zambia

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Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), Emmanuel Mwamba, on Sunday said the AU has allocated 8.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to his country.

He added that the allocated doses may rise to 25 million by December 2021.

The 8.7 million doses is part of the 270 million COVID-19 vaccines secured this month by the AU and which South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who serves as AU chair, has said will be allocated according to countries’ population size.

The vaccines secured by the AU will be supplied by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, through the Serum Institute of India, and Johnson & Johnson.

“If member states have to buy individually, they have to wait until July 2022, but through this mechanism, we can access the vaccines by April 2021,” Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU, Emmanuel Mwamba said in a statement.

“The vaccines will require approval from the Africa CDC and further approval from local regulatory and other approval mechanisms,” he said, referring to the AU’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 8.7 million doses will be the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines and Zambia’s allocation may rise to 25 million doses by December 2021 when the J&J vaccine comes on board, Mwamba added.

Zambia, with a population close to 18 million, has 45,337 COVID-19 cases and 639 people have died from the disease.

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Zimbabwe Tightens Restrictions as 2 More Ministers Die of COVID-19

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Two ministers serving in the Zimbabwean government died of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within a matter of days, prompting the country to announce on Saturday plans to further tighten lockdown measures.

Late on Friday, the government announced that Transport Minister Joel Matiza had died after falling ill with COVID-19, less than two days after the country lost Foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo to the same disease.

Four government ministers have succumbed to the coronavirus in Zimbabwe so far.

According to unconfirmed media reports, several other cabinet ministers are fighting for their lives in a private hospital.

“We are in a dark cloud that we have to clear very soon,” deputy health minister John Mangwiro told dpa.

Mangwiro revealed plans to intensify the current lockdown, which has been in place since early January and includes a strict nightly curfew.

Restaurants, bars and gyms have also been forced to close.

“We have seen people not adhering to the lockdown regulations announced early this month,” he added.

Zimbabwe has registered 30,523 cases of infection since the start of the pandemic, including 962 deaths.

The numbers may seem relatively low compared to other countries.

However, the outbreak is putting the nation’s health system under considerable pressure.

Zimbabweans have taken to the social media to blame President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his predecessor, the late Robert Mugabe, for the country’s dilapidated health infrastructure.

Health workers recently went on strike over a lack of protective equipment and poor salaries.

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Nigeria Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Hit 118,138

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Nigeria’s health agency on Friday night announced 1,483 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 118,138.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also confirmed that the West African nation recorded additional five coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,490.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Friday.

Nigeria has so far tested 1,225,179 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020 in the country.

The NCDC said that the new infections were from 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It stated that Kaduna state reported the highest number of infections with 545 new cases, raising the tally of cases in the state to 7,176 and 56 deaths

The agency said that the FCT came second with 235 new infections, for a tally of 15,506 and 119 deaths.

In other states, it reported Plateau with 127, Nasarawa-80, Oyo-72, Delta-65, Rivers-64, Kano-46, Ogun-46, Bayelsa-30, Gombe-30, Abia-28, Osun-27, Edo-25, Ondo-14, Sokoto-12, Zamfara-10, Bauchi-eight Imo-five Jigawa-four, Ekiti-four, Borno-four and Niger-two.

The NCDC said: “On Thursday, we erroneously reported one new case, instead of three new cases for Zamfara State.”

“Friday’s report does not include data from Lagos State,” it said.

The public health institute noted that 504 people have been successfully treated and discharged from various isolation centers in the country.

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

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