Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday said his government would be forced to impose tough measures if people continue to disregard COVID-19 preventive measures.
Lungu, in a statement on Wednesday, said the government was carefully watching the situation, the evolution of the pandemic and adherence to preventive measures following a second wave being witnessed in other parts of the world and Africa.
“A worsening situation will leave us with no choice but to institute stricter public health measures,” he said in a statement.
He added that the threat of a second wave in Zambia was becoming a concern considering what was going on globally and regionally.
He added that the onus was on citizens to remain responsible in order to curtail the outbreak.
The Zambian leader said that he was dismayed over lack of adherence to public health measures that had resulted in a sudden increase and geographical spread of the pandemic in the country in the last two weeks.
According to the Ministry of Health figures, Zambia’s COVID-19 cumulative figures stand at 18,456 while 17,635 patients have been discharged.
The country has recorded 369 deaths since the pandemic broke out in March.
According to him, it is mandatory for people to continue wearing face masks, maintain social distance and avoid shaking hands that are still in place and have not been lifted.
Lagos Tests 285,948 COVID-19 Samples in Nigeria
Authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, say no fewer than 285, 948 samples have been tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease since inception.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Wednesday, made the disclosure through his verified Twitter account @ProfAkinAbayomi, while giving the state’s COVID-19 update for Jan. 17.
The commissioner said that 285,948 total samples were tested, out of which 263,358 were valid.
He said that the remaining 22,590 were repeat tested samples.
According to him, 41,374 of the tested samples were diagnosed positive for COVID-19.
“There were 21 accredited private and four public laboratories in the state. 143,634 samples were processed in public laboratories and 142,314 samples processed in private laboratories.
“The volume of samples tested by private laboratories has increased to 50 per cent, almost equalling the volume tested by public laboratories.
“Seven hundred and seventy-six new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the state on the reported date, increasing the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 41,374,” he said.
According to him, 3,209 COVID-19 patients who have been successfully treated and recovered were discharged from the state’s care centres.
“Total number of #COVID19 recovery in communities are 28, 452.
“Cases currently under isolation- 223 active cases under home based care are 9,213,” Abayomi said.
The commissioner also disclosed that the state recorded another two COVID-19 related fatalities, increasing the COVID-19 deaths in the state to 277.
He said bed occupancy at the state’s public and private COVID-19 care centres had risen to 70 per cent.
Abayomi said that two isolation centres, Gbagada and Amuwo II, would soon be activated to create more bed spaces for patients.
Kenya is Being Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out – Raab
UK’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab, says Britain is helping Kenya to prepare to roll out the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from next month.
“It is for us not just our moral duty, but in the British national interest to see Kenyans vaccinated just as soon as we physically, logistically can,” Raab, who is on a one-day working visit to Kenya.
On January 7, Kenya’s Minister of Health, Mutahi Kagwe, had revealed that the country ordered 24 million doses of the vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University.
Kagwe said the vaccines were ordered through an African Union (AU) initiative.
Raab said Britain will provide technical assistance to Kenya’s health ministry to help ensure the vaccine gets to everyone.
Kenya has a population of about 48 million, according to a 2019 population census. It has so far confirmed 99,308 coronavirus cases and 1,130,707 tests.
There have been 82,478 recoveries and 1,734 deaths.
Nigeria Records 1,301 New COVID-19 Infections, 15 Deaths
Nigeria recorded no fewer than 1,301 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and 15 fatalities due to complications from the diseases in 24 hours.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in a statement on its website, said total confirmed cases nationwide rose to 113,305 between Monday and Tuesday.
The NCDC disclosed figures on Tuesday on its official website.
1,191,866 people have so far been tested since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded in the country on Feb. 27, 2020.
The public health agency said that 1,261 patients had been discharged from isolation centres after testing negative to the virus.
The NCDC noted that the discharges included 702 community recoveries in Lagos State, 157 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 143 in Plateau.
“So far a total of 91,200 patients have been discharged following their recovery from COVID-19,” NCDC said.
It reported 15 COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours across the country.
The Nigeria’s public health agency said that the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the FCT in the last 24 hours.
It, however, said that a total of 1,464 patients died from the disease.
NCDC said that Lagos recorded the highest number of new cases with 551, followed by the FCT 209, Oyo State 83 and Plateau State 65.
Other states were Kaduna (64), Enugu (61), Rivers (44), Ondo (39), Benue (37), Akwa Ibom (31), Kano (19), Delta (18), Gombe (18), Ogun (16), Edo (15), Kebbi (10), Ebonyi (nine), Jigawa (four), Osun and Zamfara three each, Borno and Nasarawa, one each.
The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.
Meanwhile, the agency urged the public to stem the rate of infection by avoiding close contact, wearing cloth face masks in public places and practising good hygiene.
“Avoid close contact. This means avoiding close contact within about six feet, or two meters with anyone who is sick or has symptoms.
“ Also, keep distance between yourself and others. This is especially important if you have a higher risk of serious illness.
“Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you are sick. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.
“Stay home from work, school and public areas if you are sick, unless you are going to get medical care. Avoid public transportation, taxis and ride-sharing if you’re sick.
“If you have a chronic medical condition and may have a higher risk of serious illness, check with your doctor about other ways to protect yourself,” it advised.
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