The Lagos State government has decided to be pro-active in alerting the public on a new virus, the novel coronavirus which is currently wreaking havoc in china. It has also been reported in some other countries, including the U.S. at least nine deaths have been reported.
State commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, said in a statement the coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. He said this disease has not been previously identified in humans. The commissioner also said coronaviruses are primarily infections of animals that can be transmitted to humans.
Abayomi said common signs and symptoms of the infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. The commissioner said more several cases may exhibit pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
He calmed all nerves by noting that no cases of the virus have been identified in Lagos or anywhere in Africa. So, there is no need to panic.
Africa Needs COVID-19 Vaccine For 60% In 2-3 Years – Africa CDC
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and prevention (AfricaCDC) said on Thursday, the continent aims to have two-thirds of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next two to three years.
The continent, with 1.3 billion people, has recorded more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus infections.
AfricaCDC director–general, John Nkengasong says there is every possibility the goal would be reached. He has asked stakeholders to be deliberate in this. He added that if the delay takes four to five years, the coronavirus will be endemic in African communities.
Nkengasong, said there were logistical problems to overcome in Africa, including how to keep vaccines cold.
Some European countries expect to start rolling out vaccination campaigns in the next few weeks, but the control group said vaccinations were unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year.
US Daily Covid-19 Deaths Exceed 2600
The number of persons who have died in a single day in the united states, as a result of COVID-19 complications has reached a new record of more than twenty-six hundred.
Health experts say this is the highest number since April, and warn that these numbers are likely to increase.
Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield says the mortality concerns are real. Johns Hopkins University confirmed the US has reported almost 14 million coronavirus cases and more than 273,000 deaths.
A us food and drug administration panel of external advisers will meet next Thursday to discuss whether to recommend emergency-use authorisation of the Pfizer vaccine.
US officials hope that 40 percent of adults in the us could be given the shots in three months.
NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty. Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.
Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine. Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.
Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.
NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.