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Nigeria Records 930 New COVID-19 Infections, Total Now 75,062



Nigeria has announced 930 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, a record single-day high.

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), which made this known via its verified website on Wednesday, said that the number surpassed the previous record of 796 cases recorded on Dec. 11.

The centre said Nigeria has conducted about 859,357 tests since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in February this year.

NCDC said that no death was recorded from the virus in the past 24 hours in the country.

It said the 930 new infections were from 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the new infections raised the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 75,062.

The health agency said that 281 COVID-19 patients had recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the past 24 hours, raising the number of successfully recovered patients to 66,775.

“Our discharges today include 106 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” it said.

The NCDC stated that Lagos recorded the highest number of cases with 279 infections, followed by FCT which recorded 179 cases, Plateau, 62, Kaduna, 54 and Kano, 52.

Katsina had 52; Imo 42; Jigawa 42; Rivers 38; Kwara 30 and Nasarawa 19.

In Yobe 15 cases were recorded; Ogun 13; Borno 10, Oyo and Niger had nine each.

Ebonyi recorded six, Bauchi six, Edo five, Taraba four, Sokoto and Cross River two each.

The centre noted that till date, 75,062 cases have been confirmed, 66,775 patients discharged and 1,200 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), has been activated at Level 3, to coordinate the national response activities.

Meanwhile, the agency said that home care for COVID-19 patients, who are asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, must be based on the recommendation of a clinician and not on self-assessment.

The NCDC said that it was the duty of clinicians to recommend the use of designated treatment areas, according to the severity and the acute care needed by the patients.

“Home care should only be recommended for in-patients after an appropriate risk assessment has been done and following appropriate counseling.

“Key recommendation for health care worker, if hospitalisation is not feasible, consider home care for patients with no symptoms, mild symptoms or for patients without concern for rapid deterioration as determined by a managing physician.

“Home care may also be considered when in-patient care is unavailable or unsafe (e.g. capacity is limited, and resources are unable to meet the demand for health care services). Contacts should be advised to monitor their health for 14 days from the last possible day of contact,’’ the NCDC said.

The agency said that the key recommendation for patients at household level was that they should remain isolated and limit contact with other people, including household members, until all symptoms have resolved and until the patient have a repeat negative test or a healthcare worker has cleared the patient.

“Stay in a well-ventilated single room, limit movement in the house or minimise shared space, ensure shared spaces are well ventilated, follow cleaning and disinfecting guidance at home, limit the number of caregivers and seek care urgently if there is a change in your condition,’’ the centre advised.

For household members, the NCDC said they should assign one person who was in a good health without risk conditions to care for the ill person.

“All household members should regularly wash their hands with soap and water, stop receiving visitors into the house/accommodation where the ill person is staying, limit contact with anyone outside the household until 14 days after the ill person recovers.

“Provide and dedicate personal items such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, dishes, drinks, towels, wash cloths, or bed linen for the patient, respiratory hygiene should be practised always, discard tissue used to cover nose or mouth during coughing or sneezing into a lined bin which has a well-fitted lid,’’ the NCDC advised.

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



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



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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Zimbabwe Warns Citizens Against Patronising Rogue COVID-19 Doctor



The Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ), on Friday, warned against the illegal practice of one Jacqueline Carey Stone, who was allegedly treating COVID-19 patients using unregistered medicines.

In a statement, the MDPCZ said the public should be wary of Stone’s practice, as she does not have a valid license to practice as a medical professional in the country.

“The premises at which she is treating COVID-19 patients have not been registered for purposes of medical practice and thus posing a health risk to the public.

“She is putting the lives of the public at risk by treating the patients with unregistered medicines, including medicines for animal use,’’ the MDPCZ said.

It added that Stone is conducting clinical trials without the full approval of the Research Council of Zimbabwe, and is also working with unregistered persons to dispense and counsel patients.

“MDPCZ will not allow any registered medical practitioner to offer unsafe treatment to the public of Zimbabwe,’’ said the body, that regulates the practice of medicine and dentistry in the country.

Zimbabwe is in the grip of a resurging COVID-19 pandemic.

The death toll has risen phenomenally since the beginning of this month and now stands at 917 out of the 30,047 COVID-19 infections recorded in the country since last March.

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