NCDC Confirms 203 New COVID-19 Cases As FG Places Six States On Red Alert

FILE: A health worker collects samples from a man to test for COVID-19. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

Nigeria on Sunday recorded an increase in new Covid-19 cases after 203 infections and one death were confirmed across the country.

According to data from the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control, Lagos took the lead with 186 new cases.

The rest of the cases were from Edo (4), Oyo (4), Rivers (4), FCT (3), and Kwara (2).

This brings the number of cases recorded in the country to 169,532 – although 164,699 have been discharged – and a death toll of 2,127.

The surge in new cases comes as the Federal Government on Saturday placed six states on red alert amid fears of a third wave triggered by the Delta variant of the virus.

The Delta variant is believed to be more contagious and deadlier.

According to a statement signed by the the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, the states on red alert include Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and the FCT.

Other states were also warned to “heighten their state of preparedness and continue to enforce all protocols put in place.”

Ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, the PSC warned against large gatherings and urged state governments and religious leaders to be mindful of the potential spread.

The committee urged the decentralisation of Eid prayer to outdoor neighborhood Friday prayer mosques and the suspension of Durbar activities.

It also urged Nigerians to observe limitations on all indoor gatherings.

Global update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,086,242 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP as of Sunday morning.

At least 189,911,110 cases of coronavirus have been registered.

The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country.

They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

The World Health Organization estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19.

A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Saturday, 7,253 new deaths and 463,309 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were Indonesia with 1,093 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 868 and Russia with 764.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 608,898 deaths from 34,069,082 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 541,266 deaths from 19,342,448 cases, India with 413,609 deaths from 31,106,065 cases, Mexico with 236,240 deaths from 2,654,699 cases, and Peru with 195,047 deaths from 2,092,125 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 592 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 311, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 295, the Czech Republic with 283, and the Republic of North Macedonia with 263.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,328,964 deaths from 39,432,328 cases, Europe 1,186,886 deaths from 56,338,922 infections, and the United States and Canada 635,390 deaths from 35,491,904 cases.

Asia has reported 621,694 deaths from 42,506,537 cases, Africa 157,170 deaths from 6,201,887 cases, the Middle East 154,935 deaths from 9,871,473 cases, and Oceania 1,203 deaths from 68,062 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

Nigeria Records COVID-19 Spike With 161 New Cases

PHOTOS: 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 Monday night, disclosed that the country has recorded 161 new cases.

Lagos State, which still remains the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria, recorded 153 new cases, while Gombe recorded two, Oyo and Rivers one each and the FCT four cases respectively.

This now brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 168,713.

164,476 have recovered, while 2,124 have unfortunately died.

This comes days after the NCDC said it had detected the Delta COVID-19 variant in the country.

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“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has detected a confirmed case with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2,” the health agency said in a statement last Thursday.

“The variant was detected in a traveler to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.”

The NCDC, however, assured Nigerians that the federal government has put measures in place to combat the disease, asking them to adhere to the recommended safety protocols.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Delta variant has an increased transmissibility, and has raised concerns across the globe.

It has also been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more nations.

“The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation,” the NCDC explained. “There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.”

Nigeria Records 12 New COVID-19 Cases As Third Wave Fears Heighten

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Nigeria on Sunday recorded 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as fears about a third wave triggered by the Delta variant of the virus heighten.

According to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, two deaths were also recorded on Sunday.

Till date, 168,552 cases have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with 2,124 deaths

Sunday’s new cases were reported from three states – Akwa Ibom (6), Ogun (4), and Rivers (2).

Meanwhile, state governments have warned that the number of new cases may soon spike as the Delta variant surfaces.

Scientists believe the variant is more contagious and deadlier.

On Thursday, the NCDC confirmed Nigeria’s first case of the variant in Delta state and Oyo State said on Sunday it had recorded another.

In a statement on Sunday, the Lagos State Government raised the alarm of a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed restrictions and sanctions.

Nigeria Discharges 796 COVID-19 Patients In 24 Hours

A file photo of a medical doctor receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the National Hospital in Abuja on March 5, 2021.

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has discharged 796 more people who testted negative for COVID-19 in the aftermath of their treatment.

NCDC disclosed this via Twitter on Saturday night, adding that the nation’s total recoveries had increased to 156,250 in the past 24 hours while active cases stood at 7,823.

“Our discharges today include a backlog of 795 community recoveries in Adamawa managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC said.

However, 30 new COVID-19 infections were reported in three states, thus raising the total number of cases in the country to 165,370.

Of the 30 new infections recorded, the health agency said Lagos had 21, Adamawa, eight and Rivers, one.

READ ALSO: India’s COVID-19 Deaths Hit 4000 Record

According to NCDC, no new death was recorded from the disease which had already claimed 2,065 lives nationwide.

 

The number of deaths recorded from COVID-19 had declined recently with only four deaths recorded in the past three weeks.

Since the pandemic broke out in February 2020, Nigeria has carried out 1,939,165 tests across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Global Update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,284,783 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Sunday.

At least 157,563,420 cases of coronavirus have been registered.

The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

Confirmed Cases by State

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos58,5761,14756,990439
FCT19,80654119,099166
Kaduna9,06488,99165
Plateau9,060128,99157
Rivers7,132-37,034101
Oyo6,85256,723124
Edo4,90454,714185
Ogun4,679304,60049
Kano3,967223,835110
Ondo3,2481,1052,08063
Kwara3,12363,06255
Delta2,6258101,74471
Osun2,57882,51852
Enugu2,4203782,01329
Nasarawa2,3831,99737313
Katsina2,097142,04934
Gombe2,03551,98644
Ebonyi2,030331,96532
Anambra1,909641,82619
Akwa Ibom1,877301,83314
Abia1,690101,65822
Imo1,657281,59237
Bauchi1,549141,51817
Borno1,337991,20038
Benue1,18857559122
Adamawa1,11191,07032
Taraba992096824
Niger930091317
Bayelsa886585526
Ekiti872585611
Sokoto775074728
Jigawa5282049216
Kebbi4504239216
Yobe409253759
Cross River394037618
Zamfara24432338
Kogi5032

 

 

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Saturday, 13,171 new deaths and 775,680 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were India with 4,092, followed by Brazil with 2,202 and the United States with 653.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 581,516 deaths from 32,686,462 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 421,316 deaths from 15,145,879 cases, India with 242,362 deaths from 22,296,414 cases, Mexico with 218,928 deaths from 2,364,617 cases, and the United Kingdom with 127,603 deaths from 4,433,090 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Hungary with 295 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the Czech Republic with 277, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 268, Montenegro 245 and the Republic of North Macedonia 244.

Europe overall has 1,091,469 deaths from 51,478,073 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 952,377 deaths from 29,840,804 infections, and the United States and Canada 606,084 deaths from 33,966,433 cases.

Asia has reported 375,315 deaths from 29,557,792 cases, the Middle East 134,325 deaths from 8,048,698 cases, Africa 124,153 deaths from 4,627,643 cases, and Oceania 1,060 deaths from 43,983 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

 

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 45 More Infections, No Fresh Deaths

A health worker seen wearing a PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Nigeria has recorded 45 new COVID-19 cases with no deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

In its latest update released on Friday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, this marks the eleventh consecutive day that nobody died from the disease in Africa’s most populous nation.

Channels Television observed that the new figure which is lower than the 100 recorded a day earlier, has raised the total number of infections in the country to 164,633.

The country’s death toll from the virus in Nigeria stands at 2,061.

The breakdown of the data shows that 65 persons were discharged after testing negative to the COVID-19 virus following treatment, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 154,643.

READ ALSO: US Experts Recommend Resumption of J&J Vaccine

According to the health agency, the 45 new cases were reported from eight states: Lagos-26, Rivers-10, Delta-3, Kano-2, Akwa Ibom-1, FCT-1, Kaduna-1 and Nasarawa-1.

Lagos had the highest figure with 26 new cases on Friday, followed by Rivers and Delta with 10 and three new cases respectively.

NCDC said since the pandemic broke out in Nigeria in February 2020, the country has carried out over 1.8 million tests, according to the NCDC.

Although 154,643 people have been discharged, the country still accounts for 9,990 active COVID-19 cases.

Global Update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 3,088,103 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1000 GMT on Saturday.

At least 145,544,640 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Friday, 13,991 new deaths and 892,677 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the newest deaths were Brazil with 2,914 new deaths, followed by India with 2,624 and United States with 962.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 571,199 deaths from 31,992,070 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 386,416 deaths from 14,237,078 cases, Mexico with 214,504 deaths from 2,323,430 cases, India with 189,544 deaths from 16,610,481 cases, and the United Kingdom with 127,385 deaths from 4,401,109 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Hungary with 271 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the Czech Republic with 270, Bosnia-Herzegovina 250, Montenegro 232 and Bulgaria 226.

Europe overall has 1,045,965 deaths from 49,211,628 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 888,392 deaths from 27,913,063 infections, and the United States and Canada 595,072 deaths from 33,153,693 cases.

Asia has reported 312,321 deaths from 23,216,145 cases, the Middle East 125,727 deaths from 7,519,260 cases, Africa 119,586 deaths from 4,488,252 cases, and Oceania 1,040 deaths from 42,605 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases. However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

Nigeria Goes Six Days With No New COVID-19 Deaths

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE during a community testing as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 110 new cases of the novel coronavirus but no new deaths for the sixth consecutive day, according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The last time the health agency recorded a death was on April 1 when the toll increased by one to 2,058.

Wednesday’s new cases were reported from 11 states, including Lagos (24), Yobe (24), FCT (16), Bayelsa (10), Rivers (10), Kaduna (10),Nasarawa (5), Akwa Ibom (4), Bauchi (3), Edo (3), and Plateau(1).

To date, the country has recorded 163,440 cases of the virus out of which 153,788 have recovered.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government took delivery of 100,000 more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Indian government as vaccination efforts continue across the country.

 

Nigeria had received 3.94 million Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the WHO-backed vaccine initiative COVAX in early March, triggering the commencement of the country’s vaccination drive.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Nigeria had vaccinated 964,387 eligible persons against the Covid-19 virus, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.

The additional vaccines from India are expected to boost the country’s efforts to vaccinate most of its population against the virus.

The Federal Government has said it is seeking to vaccinate no fewer than 70 percent of its over 200 million-strong population.

More vaccine doses are still expected from COVAX as well as from an African Union scheme financed by the African Export-Import Bank.

AstraZeneca Fears

Meanwhile, fears have grown over the absolute safety of the AstraZeneca vaccines which Nigeria is heavily dependent on for its vaccination program.

Britain on Wednesday said it would adopt new medical advice to offer most people under 30 an alternative to the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab if possible, due to concerns over blood clots.

A potential blow to the UK’s highly successful Covid-19 vaccine programme, it comes after the country’s medicines regulator reassessed the shot’s safety following dozens of clotting incidents among people who had received it.

The MHRA regulator said its “rigorous scientific review of all available data” had found 79 blood clots and 19 deaths among people who had received one of the 20 million AstraZeneca doses administered in the UK.

It insisted such incidents remained “extremely rare”.

The European Medicines Agency said earlier that clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the vaccine. Both bodies however said that it should still be used, as the dangers from catching coronavirus were greater than those of receiving the jab.

AstraZeneca released a statement saying that the two studies “reaffirmed” that the benefits of its vaccine “far outweigh the risks”.

But Britain’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises the government, said that given the lower risk posed by the virus to young people, it would change its guidance for them.

“Adults who are aged 18 to 29 years old who do not have an underlying health condition… should be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine in preference to the AstraZeneca vaccine,” Wei Shen Lim of the JCVI told journalists.

The alternatives, which in Britain currently are vaccines developed by US firm Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, should be offered “if available”, he said.

AstraZeneca said in its statement that it was “already working to understand the individual cases, epidemiology and possible mechanisms that could explain these extremely rare events”.

Nigeria Records Seven More Deaths, 104 New COVID-19 Cases

A file photo of a health official helping his colleague with his PPE.

 

Nigeria on Sunday reported seven more deaths from complications related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, authorities have said.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed this in its latest update on the outbreak of the disease in the country.

In a late-night tweet, it noted that the new fatalities recorded have raised the death toll from the disease in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to 2,048.

Similarly, the health agency which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country said 104 new cases were confirmed from 11 states and the nation’s capital.

Of the new infections, Lagos reported the highest figure – 48, followed by Enugu – 16, Kwara – eight, and Kaduna – six.

Others are Plateau – five, Kano – five, Rivers – four, FCT – four, Ogun – four, Edo – two, Ekiti – one, and Katsina – one.

 

As of 10am on Monday, Nigeria has a total of 162,593 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 150,308 discharged, following the recovery of additional 103 people.

While the country has tested a total of 1,767,694 samples for COVID-19, 10,237 cases are still active.

See the breakdown of COVID-19 figures in Nigeria, according to states below:

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos57,58115256,990439
FCT19,6172,39717,064156
Plateau9,024518,91657
Kaduna8,914598,79065
Rivers6,909426,767100
Oyo6,8384946,221123
Edo4,875364,654185
Ogun4,6171224,44649
Kano3,902253,767110
Ondo3,1681,0262,08062
Kwara3,0782092,81455
Delta2,5997841,74471
Osun2,524272,44552
Nasarawa2,3181,93237313
Enugu2,2372851,92329
Katsina2,083192,03034
Gombe2,03031,98344
Ebonyi2,007241,95132
Anambra1,909641,82619
Akwa Ibom1,7623121,43614
Abia1,66511,64321
Imo1,642701,53537
Bauchi1,52131,50117
Borno1,327891,20038
Benue1,18857559122
Adamawa1,05174527432
Niger93049641717
Taraba9102486422
Ekiti8654680811
Bayelsa8524278426
Sokoto774174528
Jigawa5181748516
Kebbi4423439216
Cross River366834117
Yobe313202849
Zamfara23232218
Kogi5032

COVID-19: 219 Recover In 24 Hours As Nigeria Records Two More Deaths

A health worker prepares a dose of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in the West Bank city of Hebron, on February 11, 2021.  HAZEM BADER / AFP

 

Two hundred and nineteen people have recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which confirmed this in its latest update on Saturday night, said two more deaths were reported.

According to the health agency, 101 more infections were recorded in 10 states and the FCT, with Lagos topping the states with 32 cases.

The states are Abia – 16, Ebonyi – 14, FCT – 10, Bayelsa and Rivers – 6, Bauchi – 5, Jigawa – 4, Oyo and Akwa Ibom – 3 and Osun being the least with two cases.

 

This brings the total number of cases confirmed since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria to 162,489 confirmed.

Following the two new deaths reported, the fatalities figures from the disease rose to 2,041, while the number of those who have been successfully treated and discharged rose to 150,205.

As of Sunday, Nigeria has tested a total of 1,727,467 samples for COVID-19 while 10,363 cases are still active.

Confirmed Cases by State

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos57,5018156,990430
FCT19,6032,38217,064157
Plateau9,019638,89957
Kaduna8,908688,77565
Rivers6,899616,73999
Oyo6,8354986,221116
Edo4,873374,644192
Ogun4,6131514,41349
Kano3,897243,763110
Ondo3,1681,0122,09462
Kwara3,0702012,81455
Delta2,5997841,74471
Osun2,522252,44552
Nasarawa2,3181,93237313
Enugu2,2213271,86529
Katsina2,082182,03034
Gombe2,03031,98344
Ebonyi1,993231,93832
Anambra1,909641,82619
Akwa Ibom1,7593611,38414
Abia1,64991,61921
Imo1,642701,53537
Bauchi1,516751,42417
Borno1,327891,20038
Benue1,18857559122
Adamawa1,05174527432
Niger93049641717
Taraba9102486422
Ekiti8644680711
Bayelsa8463678426
Sokoto774574128
Jigawa5141348516
Kebbi4423439216
Cross River366834117
Yobe313202849
Zamfara23232218
Kogi5032

 

More Vaccines For Nigeria

As the country continues to vaccinate its people against the disease, the fight against the pandemic received a boost with the donation of 300,000 additional doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had told reporters on Monday in Abuja that the vaccines were donated by telecommunications giant – MTN and called on other partners to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

The first batch of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on March 2 via an Emirates airplane from India.

Nigeria commenced the exercise three days later with the vaccination of four frontline healthcare workers in the nation’s capital.

Nigeria Records 113 New COVID-19 Cases, Three More Deaths

(FILE) A health worker wearing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit tests a swab sample for COVID-19 at a primary health centre. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

 

A total of 113 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Friday in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

In a late-night tweet, the NCDC – the agency responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country, reported that the new cases were recorded in nine states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the new cases, Lagos reported 53, Rivers had 22, Akwa Ibom recorded 12, Kaduna also confirmed 12, Ondo reported six, Osun confirmed three, FCT had two, while the trio of Jigawa, Nasarawa, and Kano recorded one infection each.

This brings the total number of cases confirmed since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria to 162,388 confirmed.

 

Three new fatalities were reported as the nation’s toll from the disease rose to 2,039, while the number of those who have been successfully treated and discharged rose to 149,986.

As of 9am on Saturday, Nigeria has tested a total of 1,727,467 samples for COVID-19 while 10,363 cases are still active.

 

More Vaccines For Nigeria

As the country continues to vaccinate its people against the disease, the fight against the pandemic received a boost with the donation of 300,000 additional doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, had told reporters on Monday in Abuja that the vaccines were donated by telecommunications giant – MTN and called on other partners to contribute towards the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

The first batch of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on March 2 via an Emirates airplane from India.

Nigeria commenced the exercise three days later with the vaccination of four frontline healthcare workers in the nation’s capital.

See the breakdown of cases according to states below:

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos57,5018156,990430
FCT19,6032,38217,064157
Plateau9,019638,89957
Kaduna8,908688,77565
Rivers6,899616,73999
Oyo6,8354986,221116
Edo4,873374,644192
Ogun4,6131514,41349
Kano3,897243,763110
Ondo3,1681,0122,09462
Kwara3,0702012,81455
Delta2,5997841,74471
Osun2,522252,44552
Nasarawa2,3181,93237313
Enugu2,2213271,86529
Katsina2,082182,03034
Gombe2,03031,98344
Ebonyi1,993231,93832
Anambra1,909641,82619
Akwa Ibom1,7593611,38414
Abia1,64991,61921
Imo1,642701,53537
Bauchi1,516751,42417
Borno1,327891,20038
Benue1,18857559122
Adamawa1,05174527432
Niger93049641717
Taraba9102486422
Ekiti8644680711
Bayelsa8463678426
Sokoto774574128
Jigawa5141348516
Kebbi4423439216
Cross River366834117
Yobe313202849
Zamfara23232218
Kogi5032

Nigeria Records Five COVID-19 Deaths In 24 Hours

A file photo of a health worker writing on a paper. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Nigeria has recorded five COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours.

This is according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which announced this on Thursday night.

This comes six days after nobody died from the highly infectious disease.

With the five new deaths, the total fatalities in the country have risen to 2,036.

According to the health agency, the new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

They are Lagos – 50, Kaduna – 12, FCT – 10, Bayelsa – 8, Imo and Kwara – 3, Bauchi and Osun – 2, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Kano, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara each have one case.

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The country has tested 1,727, 467 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.

More than two-thirds of the 161,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria has recovered after treatment.

Meanwhile, over 11,000 infections are still active in the country.

Global Update

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,745,337 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

At least 124,813,160 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

These figures are based on daily tolls provided by health authorities in each country and exclude later re-evaluations by statistical organisations, as has happened in Russia, Spain and Britain.

On Wednesday, 10,063 new deaths and 624,777 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the newest deaths were Brazil with 2,009 new deaths, followed by the United States with 1,362 and Mexico with 579.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 545,282 deaths from 30,011,551 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 300,685 deaths from 12,220,011 cases, Mexico with 199,627 deaths from 2,208,755 cases, India with 160,692 deaths from 11,787,534 cases, and the United Kingdom with 126,382 deaths from 4,312,908 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is the Czech Republic with 238 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Belgium with 197, Hungary 196, Montenegro 195 and Slovenia 192.

Europe overall has 932,228 deaths from 42,157,651 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 753,603 deaths from 23,955,190 infections, and the United States and Canada 568,035 deaths from 30,956,316 cases.

Asia has reported 267,927 deaths from 17,286,152 cases, the Middle East 111,697 deaths from 6,283,786 cases, Africa 110,871 deaths from 4,138,525 cases, and Oceania 976 deaths from 35,541 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tests conducted has greatly increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

Nigeria Reports 131 COVID-19 Cases, No New Death

A health worker helps his colleague with his PPE at a health centre. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

A total of 131 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Monday in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, the agency responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country noted that the new cases were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the new infections, Lagos had 64, Rivers confirmed 12, Kaduna reported 11, Plateau recorded nine, Jigawa confirmed eight, Bayelsa recorded six, and Ondo had five.

While the trio of Ebonyi, FCT, and Osun reported four more cases respectively, one infection was confirmed each in Borno, Kano, Ogun, and Oyo States.

This brings the total number of cases confirmed since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria to 161,868 confirmed.

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No new fatality was reported as the nation’s toll from the disease stood at 2,030, while the number of those who have been successfully treated and discharged rose to 148,125.

 

Avoiding A Third Wave

Before the latest update on the pandemic was released, Nigerian authorities had hinted at measures being taken to prevent a third wave of the pandemic.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, gave the hint on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

As some countries in Europe experience a fresh wave of infections, he said Nigeria would continue to sustain its testing rate to identify, isolate, and treat positive cases.

As a member of the PTF, he noted that the government would continue to work towards better outcomes of cases.

He explained that this would be achieved by critically reviewing all the areas that would lead to the better management of infections while focusing on the evolving nature of the virus and the disease.

The minister who was not physically present at the briefing noted that the government has ensured continuous interface with the case managers at various isolation and treatment centres.

He added that the country has seen a reduction in the number of confirmed daily cases despite sustaining its testing rate.

COVID-19: Again, No Deaths As Nigeria Records Lowest Cases In March

A health worker is seen wearing a PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Nigeria has not recorded a fresh COVID-19 death since Saturday, data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed.

In an update, the disease control agency said just 86 new cases were reported on Sunday, the lowest in months.

This comes as Nigeria continues to roll-out its vaccination program across States.

The NCDC said the Sunday’s cases were recorded in six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The FCT topped the list with 33 new cases and was followed by Lagos (28), Ondo (11), Kano (7), Akwa Ibom (3), Rivers (1) and Kaduna (1).

The latest figures bring the total number of infections in the country to 161,737.

Although, 2,030 persons have succumbed to the virus, 147,899 cases have been successfully treated and discharged.

 

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Boost for Astrazeneca

Nigeria’s vaccine rollout has depended on the Astrazeneca jab, which was briefly suspended by European countries over concerns it triggered an increase in blood clotting.

However, Nigerian authorities and the WHO have dispelled such concerns, reiterating the vaccine’s safety.

On Monday, the makers of the AstraZeneca vaccine said the product is 80 per cent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots following its US phase III efficiency trials.

It was 79 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in the overall population and 100 per cent effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization, it added.

The US phase III trial of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University involved 32,449 participants, with two-thirds receiving the jab, the pharmaceutical firm said in a statement.

Around 20 per cent were 65 or older, and about 60 per cent had health conditions associated with a higher risk of severe Covid-19, such as diabetes, severe obesity or cardiac disease.

“These findings reconfirm previous results observed in AZD1222 trials across all adult populations but it’s exciting to see similar efficacy results in people over 65 for the first time,” said Ann Falsey, professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and co-lead principal investigator for the trial.

“This analysis validates the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as a much-needed additional vaccination option, offering confidence that adults of all ages can benefit from protection against the virus.”

The trial’s independent data safety monitoring board found no increased risk of thrombosis among the 21,583 participants who received at least one dose, the statement said.

Some leading EU countries have resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations after the European Medicines Agency said Thursday the jab was “safe and effective” and was not linked to an increased risk of blood clots.

AstraZeneca said it was preparing to submit its findings to the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize the shot for emergency use.

“These results add to the growing body of evidence that shows this vaccine is well tolerated and highly effective against all severities of Covid-19 and across all age groups,” said Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of biopharmaceuticals R&D.

“We are confident this vaccine can play an important role in protecting millions of people worldwide against this lethal virus.”

The results also suggested that administering the second shot more than four weeks after the first could further increase efficacy.

Previous trials have shown leaving up to 12 weeks between jabs increased its efficacy.