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NCDC Reports 712 New Cases Of COVID-19

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Friday reported 712 new coronavirus case in the country.

The health agency via its verified Twitter handle confirmed the new cases in which Lagos recorded the highest number of cases with a total of 388 followed by the Federal Capital Territory with 77 cases.

Kwara got 39 cases, Katsina recorded 35 while Bauchi and Plateau states confirmed 33 and 22 cases respectively with 14 other states recording new infections below 20.

NCDC said in its tweet, so far, the country has recorded 82,747 with 1,246 fatalities. The number of patients that have been discharged now stands at 70,239.

Earlier, the Director-General NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed that the mutant strain of the COVID-19 virus in the United Kingdom has not been found in Nigeria.

While clarifying the status of the new variant, Ihekweazu  urged people to stay calm and safe as he emphasized that the agency has been monitoring reports of the virus mutating in the United Kingdom, South Africa and some other countries.

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COVID-19: Nigeria Records More Deaths, 1,303 New Infections

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Nigeria has recorded more than thirteen hundred new cases of the coronavirus, and fifteen more deaths, on Tuesday.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control says nine hundred seventeen patients had recovered and were discharged during the same 24-hour period.

The new cases were confirmed in twenty-five states and the Federal Capital Territory.  Lagos bore the brunt of the cases with eighty-three infections.  Rivers recorded seventy-two.

Nigeria’s total tally is now one case shy of twenty-five thousand. Death rate stands at fifteen hundred twenty-two.

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Global Number Of COVID Cases Surpasses 100 Million

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 100 million in just over a year since the first cases of the then ‘mysterious’ new illness were reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

More than 2.1 million persons around the world have died from COVID-19, and more than 55 million persons have recovered from the disease.

During the past 12 months, the pandemic has forced governments to order shutdowns, curfews, travel bans and other public health restrictions to try and stem the spread of infections. Economies have been hard hit and inequalities of all types have been exacerbated.

The United States with the highest number of cases and fatalities globally has recorded 5.3 million cases – approximately one-quarter of the global total and more than 424,000 deaths.

With 217,000 fatalities, Brazil has the second-highest death toll and has confirmed more than 8.8 million cases.

India has confirmed the second-highest total number of cases in the world, with more than 10.6 million infections reported. More than 153,000 persons have died from the virus there.

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Morocco Begins Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccinations

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After Egypt, Morocco is set to become the latest country in Africa to roll out a vaccination programme against COVID-19 giving priority to frontline medical staff.

The country has received two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and is expected to take delivery of half a million doses from China’s Sinopharm on Wednesday.

Morocco was hit hard last year when it recorded a higher number of cases compared to its neighbours

Tunisia has pushed back its vaccination campaign to April, while Algeria expects to acquire a batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vacc Oxford/AstraZeneca ine by the end of this month.

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