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Seven deaths as NCDC confirms 476 new COVID-19 infections

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Seven people were confirmed to have died of COVID complications on Thursday, increasing Nigeria’s fatality toll to 992.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the new deaths in its update for August 20.

According to the agency, 476 new positive samples were recorded in 17 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), and Lagos topped the list with 235 infections.

Thursday figure of new cases signified a slight drop in the number of positive samples recorded on Wednesday when 593 infections were confirmed.

However, recoveries increased by a slim margin with 265 patients discharged – a total of 37,569 people have now recovered across the country.

A total of 50,964 cases have now been confirmed in 36 states and the FCT.

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Meanwhile, the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has expressed concern about the low turnout for tests.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the PTF and secretary to the government of the federation, emphasised the need for Nigerians to embrace voluntary testing.

“So far, our national response has shown that Nigeria is following the science through effective case management, but we need to improve our testing. Our testing infrastructure has been increased to undertake up to 15,000 tests per day but we are currently testing between 3,000 to 6,000 daily due mainly to people still not subjecting themselves for testing. I, therefore, want to seize this opportunity to enjoin Nigerians to get tested,” he said.

“The PTF continues to analyse and rely on data to forestall any sign of upsurge and adapting best global practices to sustain successes. That Nigeria, along with South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Algeria, contributed to the recorded lowest weekly coronavirus confirmed cases is a testament of our successes.

“The challenge, therefore, remains for us to improve on the path of driving the pandemic out of Nigeria so that we can go back to our normal lives.”

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COVID-19: Nigeria records 1,131 fresh cases, more deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 1,131 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The total confirmed cases in the country now stands at 142,578.

The health agency, wile making the announcement yesterday via a report on its website, said eight persons have also died of COVID-19 related disease in the country as total death figure has hit 1,702.

NCDC also confirmed the recovery and discharge of 839 patients in Lagos and Imo States.

The report reads, “1131 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-297

FCT-194

Kaduna-83

Kano-59

Oyo-58

Taraba-53

Imo-52

Osun-47

Plateau-45

Edo-43

Akwa Ibom-42

Rivers-42

Ogun-29

Kwara-24

Benue-21

Nasarawa-16

Ekiti-7

Bauchi-6

Delta-6

Bayelsa-4

Sokoto-2

Gombe-1

 

142,578 confirmed

116,947 discharged

1,702 deaths

“Our discharges today include 773 community recoveries in Lagos State and 66 community recoveries in Imo State managed in line with guidelines”.

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LATEST: Setback In Battle Against COVID As Nigeria Misses Out In WHO Vaccine Supply

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disqualified Nigeria from the first round of supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

According to WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, Nigeria was disqualified based on the country’s inability to meet the standard requirement of being able to store the vaccines at the required -70 degrees Celsius.

Nigeria had indicated interest in being supplied the vaccine being donated by COVAX, a global alliance against COVID-19.

Last week, Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, had said the country has been working with the World Bank to ensure the supply of the vaccine in the country.

“Nigeria is among 12 countries in Africa that have indicated readiness of the 92 qualified countries for the facility and will by end of February 2021 receive its first shipment of vaccines,” Fayemi had said at the end of a meeting of the forum.

But at a press conference on COVID-19, Moeti said only four African countries were captured in the first supply of 320,000 vaccines.

“In addition, around 320,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been allocated to four African countries: Cabo Verde, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia. Deliveries are also expected later on in February.”

“To access an initial limited volume of Pfizer vaccine, countries were invited to submit proposals. Thirteen African countries expressed an interest in participating in the initiative, and their proposals were evaluated based on current mortality rates, new cases and trends and capacities to deliver this vaccine, including to store it at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

“I have to say that this was a challenging process as we know all countries want to start vaccinating their populations. The supplies were limited but we are glad that we will have a number of countries start and we look forward to working with the other countries to expand this vaccine delivery.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the country has recorded over 138,000 COVID cases out of which 1,640 patients have died.

Countries across the world have been vaccinating their citizens against the disease but not a single dose of the vaccine has been administered in Nigeria.

Some wealthy Nigerians, including former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, got COVID vaccine abroad.

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