The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 999 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 79,789 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 68,879 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,231, with an additional 4 people succumbing to the virus.
As of Tuesday, more than 77.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 43.9 million cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a database maintained by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 1.7 million.
A CBC update said in Africa, Sudan will ban travellers from Britain, the Netherlands and South Africa beginning December 23.
While in the Middle East, Oman said on Monday it’s temporarily suspending all entry to the country by foreigners and halting international passenger flights over worries about a fast-spreading new strain of the coronavirus.
Oman said the one-week closure of all official ports of entry would begin on Tuesday “to protect community members from the severity of infection and the speed of spread.”
In the Americas, Brazil trailed only the US in total coronavirus cases, with more than 7.2 million cases reported and more than 187,000 deaths. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said it had certified the production standards of CoronaVac, China’s Sinovac-produced coronavirus vaccine candidate.
Colombia’s president said that Venezuelan migrants who are living in the country without residence permits won’t be given free COVID-19 vaccines when the doses arrive — possibly leaving hundreds of thousands unvaccinated.
Guatemala and Panama will restrict entry to travellers who have recently visited Britain or South Africa.