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Global COVID-19 Cases Pass 31 Million As US Death Toll Tops 200,000

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More than 31 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and nearly one million globally have died from it.

Since the first cases were detected in china in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States has on Tuesday surpassed the 200,000 mark as the country continues to see a rise in infections.

According to data by the Johns Hopkins University, the US has now registered 6,861,211 infections in which 200,005 have died

California has the highest number in the United States with nearly eight hundred thousand persons diagnosed. Johns Hopkins University reports California is followed by Texas with more than 734,000 cases and Florida with 685,000.

Earlier on Monday, United Kingdom’s chief medical officers (CMOs) have recommended moving the country’s COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4, the second highest level, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As part measures aimed at halting the accelerating second wave of the novel coronavirus, British prime minister Boris Johnson has on Tuesday set out new restrictions to fight against COVID-19 in Parliament, saying the country has reached a “perilous turning point.”

Johnson confirmed that pubs and restaurants in England will have a 10 p.m. curfew from Thursday, and only table service will be allowed. Staff are advised to work from home if they can, despite a governmental advice issued earlier this month to head back to workplaces.

The prime minister added that the limit on wedding guests will also be reduced from 30 to 15.

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NCDC Confirms 1301 New COVID-19 Cases, 15 Deaths

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has confirmed thirteen hundred and one new cases of the coronavirus across the country on Tuesday, spanning twenty-two states.

Lagos gobbled up nearly half of all the new cases with five hundred fifty-one.  The Federal Capital Territory recorded 209, while Oyo posted eighty-three.  Plateau, Kaduna and Enugu had sixty-five, sixty-four and sixty-one respectively.  Eleven other states had cases in double digits. Five reported single digits.

NCDC says seven hundred and two infected persons had recovered in Lagos State, one hundred fifty-seven in the FCT, and one hundred forty-three in plateau state.

Ninety-one thousand of all cases have been discharged.

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Nigeria Requests 10 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses From African Union

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Nigeria’s minister of health Osagie Ehanire says the country has requested 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the African Union (AU). Ehanire told a media briefing in the capital Abuja, the vaccines are expected to be delivered in March.

The au said last week, it had secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers around the world for distribution across the continent.

Ehanire also said the Nigerian government has released 26 million dollars to support domestic vaccine production and is already in talks with manufacturers.

113, 000 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Nigeria amid rising daily infections.

It’s not clear which of the covid-19 vaccines Nigeria will get, but authorities say the country was expecting its first 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of this month. They say there is plan to vaccinate 40% of the Nigerian population of about by the end of this year.

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UK’s New COVID-19 Strain Reported In At Least 60 Countries – WHO

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The World Health Organization has on Wednesday said the faster-spreading coronavirus variant been found in the United Kingdom is now in at least 60 countries, 10 more compared with a week ago.

WHO said in its weekly update that the South African strain, 501Y.V2, which like the United Kingdom one is believed to be more infectious but does not appear deadlier, has now been reported in 23 countries and territories.

With the global death toll now well past two million, and new variants of the virus causing deep concern, countries across the world are grappling with how to slow infections until vaccines become widely available.

The UN’s health agency added that the number of new deaths climbed to a record high of 93,000 over the previous seven days, with 4.7 million new cases over the same period.

The UK strain, first detected in mid-December, is thought by the WHO to be between 50-70 percent more infectious than the original.

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