Nigeria confirms 1,565 new COVID-19 infections as FG warns vaccines may not arrive the country early enough

Chidi Samuel| Nigeria on Thursday confirmed 1565 new cases of #COVID19 bringing the country’s toll to 95, 934, this is even as the federal government has warned that vaccines may not arrive in the country early enough.

In a statement via its verified Twitter handle late on Thursday night, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control confirmed that the new infections were recorded in 25 states and the FCT.

According to the update, Lagos, the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria recorded 807 fresh cases, followed by FCT-236, Kaduna-79, Oyo-57, Plateau-47, Rivers-37, Katsina-35, Edo-30, Sokoto-30, and Delta-26.

Other states with new infections include, Kebbi-23, Ondo-20, Enugu-18, Abia-17, Ogun-17, Benue-16, Bayelsa-15, Bauchi-14, Niger-13, Kano-10, Borno-6, Imo-5, Ekiti-4, Osun-2, and Jigawa-1.

The health agency further noted that so far, 77, 982 persons have recovered from the disease, with 1, 330 deaths recorded.

-FG warns coronavirus Vaccines may not arrive early enough

Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Thursday warned that COVID-19 vaccines might not arrive “soon enough” in Nigeria.

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Olorunnimbe Mamora, Nigeria’s minister of state, health who made the disclosure during the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, urged Nigerians not to be complacent in containing the pandemic as the federal government is determinated to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The minister said, “We are working very hard to get vaccines for our people. It may not come soon enough, therefore we need to be alive to get the vaccines when they come.

“We need to be alive to get the vaccines when they come. I have brought this up to underscore the importance of compliance with non-pharmaceutical measures as advised to reduce transmission.”

“Number of confirmed cases is 94,369. Active cases stand at 15,764. Discharged cases till date are 77,299. Number of deaths till date is 1,324 with case fatality rate of 1.4 per cent.

“The Federal Government is determined to ensure morbidity due to COVID-19 is reduced to the barest minimum while improving on the fatality rate,” Mamora said.

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According to him, a second phase assessment of the isolation and treatment centres country-wide to verify challenges was to be carried out immediately.

This, he said, would enable the government to provide appropriate intervention measures required to strengthen these centres.

“We will continue to appeal to states to increase testing and contact tracing. The cooperation of the states with the federal authorities is critical to our collective objective of defeating COVID-19,” he added.

 

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