Nigeria Records Spike In COVID-19 Infections With Two Deaths, 238 New Cases

File photo of a nurse giving COVID-19 jab used to illustrate the story. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Nigeria has recorded a fresh spike of COVID-19 cases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its report on Wednesday night disclosed that the country has recorded two deaths and 238 new cases.

Lagos State, which still remains the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria, recorded 181 new cases, while Akwa Ibom recorded 45, Oyo 8, and Ogun 2. Ekiti and the FCT recorded one each.

This now brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 170,122.

164,476 have recovered, while 2,130 have unfortunately died.

The day’s report includes 0 cases from Rivers, Osun, Ondo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, and the Nasarawa States

The report also disclosed that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations center (EOC), activated at Level 2 and has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

Senegal Asks Citizens To Avoid Travel For Eid Over Virus Risk

A laboratory technician holds a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines at the Bidafarma wholesale distribution cooperative in Santa Fe, on the outskirts of near Granada, on January 21, 2021. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP
File photo: A laboratory technician holds a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines at the Bidafarma wholesale distribution cooperative in Santa Fe, on the outskirts of near Granada, on January 21, 2021. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

 

After daily record numbers of Covid-19 infections in recent days, Senegalese health officials recommended Thursday that people refrain from traveling for the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival set to take place next week.

In social media posts, health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr recommended mask-wearing at all times and avoiding “movement and travel during the Tabaski festival”, as the holiday is known in west and central Africa.

Families typically mark Tabaski by gathering for a sacrifice, and may travel long distances in crowded cars and buses for the occasion.

Diouf Sarr also recommended working from home whenever possible and reducing staff elsewhere.

Infections have been rising across the continent, with Senegal itself recording a record 733 new infections on Wednesday, followed by 674 on Thursday.

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But increasing worry from Senegal’s medical community has not turned president Macky Sall from his course of avoiding strict measures, relying instead on personal responsibility.

A curfew and limits on gatherings were lifted after riots broke out in March.

Since the start of the pandemic over 48,000 cases have been counted in Senegal with over 1,200 deaths.

The ministry also announced the arrival of some 500,000 vaccine doses before the end of the month, hoping to end the current shortage.

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Canada’s Most Populous Province To Return To COVID-19 Lockdown

In this file photo, the Canadian flag flies above the Canadian embassy in Beijing on January 15, 2019.  (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

 

Canada’s most populous province is expected to return to lockdown after a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, local media reported Wednesday.

Premier Doug Ford is set to announce that Ontario — home to 14 million people, more than a third of the country’s population — will return to lockdown for 28 days from Saturday, TV channels CBC and CTV reported.

The province has reported 2,000 new cases daily for a week, double the daily infections seen in the beginning of March.

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The number of patients in intensive care also rose to 421 on Wednesday, equaling the peak reached in January, according to Radio-Canada.

Essential services will remain open with capacity limited to 50 percent, while non-essential shops will be reduced to 25 percent.

Gyms and hairdressers will also be closed, although schools are expected to remain open until the week beginning April 12.

Canada has recorded more than 982,000 cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, with nearly 23,000 deaths.

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COVID-19: FG May Consider Another Lockdown As Cases Continue To Rise

The deserted Abuja City Gate, on the second day of a 14-day lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria on April 1, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV.

 

The Federal Government may consider the option of imposing a fresh lockdown on the country if the rising cases of COVID-19 infections recorded lately continue.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during the PTF briefing in Abuja, on Thursday.

“If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions,” Aliyu said urging Nigerians to take COVID-19 safety guidelines seriously.

The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha also at the briefing said the increase in the number of infections daily is worrying and calls for concern.

“The Presidential Task Force is very concerned about the increasing daily numbers that we are recording.

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“On 6th of January 2021, we recorded 1,664 infections. This is yet another all-time high in Nigerian and we must all take full responsibility through compliance and vigilance,” the SGF said.

The Federal Government had in March 2020 locked down the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun States for over five weeks as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic.

PHOTOS: Despite COVID-19 Surge, Dozens Gather At NIMC For NIN

 

Dozens of people gathered on Tuesday at the headquarters of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Lagos and Abuja, to register for their National Identification Number (NIN).

The crowd defied the surge in COVID-19 infections in the country and struggled on long queues at the main entrance of the NIMC offices in the nation’s capital and also in Abuja.

This comes as the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, issued a two-week ultimatum to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number.

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COVID-19: El-Rufai Warns Of Another Lockdown As Kaduna Records 30% Rise In Daily Infections

Governor Nasir El-Rufai

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed worry over the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the state, warning that he will impose a second lockdown of the entire state if the rate of infections continues to rise.

The Governor who disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna State said he is worried that the rate of infections will soon overwhelm the state’s health system if nothing is done urgently to contain the spread of the virus.

Kaduna State has been recording 30 percent new COVID-19 infections daily in the last two months.

El-Rufai lamented that some residents have refused to abide by all the safety measures put in place by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), hence there might be another lockdown soon.

The governor directed that all employees of the state government must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

Ahead of the Christmas festivities, the Governor warned residents to celebrate with caution, by avoiding large gatherings, wearing their facemasks always, and adhering to other safety measures that will prevent them from contracting COVID-19 during and after the festivities.

On his part, a former Minister of State for Health, Dr Idi Hong explained that the second phase of COVID-19 is more deadly than the first one, hence the need for the people to live responsibly and be mindful of the dangers that lie ahead.