Nigeria has announced five new deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the death toll in Africa’s most populous nation to 1,088.
In the announcement made by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday night, the country recorded 90 new infections.
Nigeria’s total confirmed cases no stands at 56,478.
According to the agency, the infections were reported from eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The NCDC said that 33 of the cases were identified in Lagos, 27 in Plateau, 17 in Kaduna, 6 in Ogun and 4 in FCT.
The remaining three states were Anambra, Ekiti, and Nasarawa with one case each.
The centre also said that 93 patients had been treated and discharged after testing negative against the virus.
The public health agency said it had conducted 443,987 tests since the first confirmed case relating to the pandemic was announced.
According to it, as of Sept. 15, 2020, 90 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in the country, while 56,478 cases have been confirmed, 44,430 cases have been discharged, and 1088 deaths recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The agency stated that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued to coordinate national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, the agency has said that a declined in the daily confirmed number of infections does not mean that the virus is over in the country.
“We are not yet in ‘Post-COVID’ times. COVID-19 is not over until there is no coronavirus anywhere in Nigeria and the world. Let’s continue to wash our hands, wear a mask and maintain physical distance.
“It’s a lot easier to wear a mask than a ventilator. Protect yourself and your loved ones by wearing a mask today,” it advised.
The NCDC said that a sudden loss of taste or smell with fever, headache or runny nose could mean COVID-19 infection and not malaria.
It, therefore, urged Nigerians not to ignore the symptoms.
“Do not self-medicate on malaria drugs when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. You will put yourself and others at great risk if you do.
“Call your state’s hotline to arrange for a COVID-19 test immediately,” it said.
The public health agency said that as international flights resumed, the country would not want an influx of imported cases.
“We need the cooperation of return travelers and adherence to protocols so that we can maintain the gains achieved in the response,” it urged.
It advised all hotels owners on the need to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
“Hotels, whether isolation sites or not, must ensure they clean, disinfect, and ventilate all rooms properly between each guest’s stay.
“If a guest or staff develops COVID-19 symptoms, isolate the person immediately and call your state’s hotline to arrange for a COVID-19 test.
“Find state emergency contacts here: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/contact/
“Remember, the coronavirus can live on surfaces. Handles, elevator buttons, handrails, switches, doorknobs, remote controls, etc. should be frequently disinfected,” it noted.
According to the NCDC, gloves give a false sense of protection against COVID-19.
“Regular handwashing with soap and running water offers more protection than wearing gloves.
“Gloves don’t protect you. Proper hand hygiene does,” it said.
COVID-19 Trial Vaccine: Egypt’s Health Minister Gets a Shot
The Minister of Health in Egypt, Hala Zayed, has been injected with Chinese version of the coronavirus (COVID-19) trial vaccine.
The phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccines are currently taking place in Egypt and 100 other countries.
A statement by the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed, said the minister had the vaccine injected in the deltoid muscle in her upper arm at the Egyptian Holding Company for Biopharmaceuticals and Vaccines (Vacsera).
The vaccine trial is being carried out in Egypt in cooperation with the Chinese government and the UAE’s G42 Healthcare.
In July, Egypt was selected by China to serve as a future African hub for manufacturing a coronavirus vaccine if one is developed by Beijing.
The trial vaccine has been administered to 40,000 volunteers around the world, none of whom have displayed adverse side effects. Some 45,000 more volunteers are set to take the vaccine.
Some 6,000 people in Egypt are among the participants in phase 3, which is deemed the final stage in the trial to test the efficacy and safety of the vaccine before it is licensed, the statement said.
Zayed has called on Egyptians to take part in the trials “for the sake of humanity.”
According to a previous statement by the health ministry, volunteers receive two injections, 21 days apart, and will be monitored over the year.
They also will take a PCR test to make sure they have not previously been infected with the virus.
As of Sunday, Egypt has reported a total of 103,000 coronavirus cases, including 5,883 deaths
Kenya Extends COVID-19 Curfew By 60 Days
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has extended a curfew imposed on the East African country due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by another 60 days.
Kenyatta, who announced the extension on Monday, however, relaxed the starting time from 9:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.
The president also lifted a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars which will operate until 10:00 p.m from Tuesday.
Kenyatta also announced that church services, weddings and funerals can have a maximum of 200 people, up from 100.
According to the President, the finance minister would extend tax relief measures unveiled in April until January 2021.
Schools will not yet reopen until it is established that it’s safe to do so, Kenyatta said.
Kenya has had 38,115 cases of the virus and 691 deaths since its first case on March 13.
The government quickly put measures into place to curb the spread of the disease, including shutting schools, closing borders, mandatory mask-wearing in public, and a curfew that lasts until 5:00 a.m.
Fears that the creaky public healthcare system might be overwhelmed have not materialized and the East African nation is slowly reopening.
Nigeria Records 126 New COVID-19 Infections, Two Deaths
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced two deaths and 126 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
More than 502, 545 samples have been tested by the agency since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in February.
It also said that the 126 new cases were recorded in 12 states, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 58,324.
The NCDC stated that 72 patients had recovered and had been discharged in the last 24 hours, while the country recorded two coronavirus-related deaths.
According to NCDC, FCT tops the chart with 30 new cases of the infections followed by Lagos, Rivers and Ogun with 24, 23 and 13 cases respectively.
Other states with new infections, it said, included Katsina-9, Plateau-9, Ondo-6, Kaduna-4, Kwara-4, Imo-2, Bauchi-1 and Edo-1.
“Till date, 58,324 cases have been confirmed, 49,794 cases have been discharged and 1,108 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
It said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has said it is working hard to ensure travel into and out of the country is seamless while prioritising public health and safety.
The agency also said two new laboratories had been activated for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Lab Network.
They are the Osun State University Multidisciplinary Research Laboratory, Osogbo, and Nasarawa State Diagnostic Laboratory, Lafia.
According to NCDC, testing at any laboratory in the NCDC network is free.
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