The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 749 new infections of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 85,560 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 71,937 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,267.
As of Tuesday, more than 81.3 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide with more than 46 million cases considered recovered or resolved, according to the Johns Hopkins tracking database. The global death toll stood at more than 1.7 million.
In South Africa, the hardest-hit nation in Africa, officials have reportedly tightened COVID-19 restrictions, banning alcohol sales and extending a nationwide curfew, as infections shot through the one million mark, owing to a faster-spreading variant of the disease discovered in the country.
According to an update by the CBC, Dubai is planning to inoculate 70 per cent of its population with the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech by the end of 2021, a health official said.
While, Israel’s health ministry said the country has vaccinated more people in nine days than have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began.
The ministry said Tuesday that nearly 500,000 people, or about five per cent of Israel’s population of nine million, have already received the vaccine since the country began its inoculation drive last week. More than 407,000 people have caught the virus in Israel, and over 3,200 have died.
In the Asia-Pacific region, South Korea said 40 more coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the pandemic began.
Officials also reported 1,046 new confirmed coronavirus infections on Tuesday, taking the total caseload to 58,725, with 859 deaths. South Korea’s previous daily high for COVID-19 deaths was 24, reported on both Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
China has reported seven new cases of coronavirus infection in Beijing, where authorities have ordered the testing of hundreds of thousands of residents.
Cases have been clustered largely in villages on Beijing’s northeastern edge, but authorities are wary of any spread in the capital that could hurt claims it has all but contained local spread of the virus.
In Europe, more people are currently hospitalised with COVID-19 in England than at the first peak of the outbreak in the spring, official figures show.
There were 20,426 patients in hospitals as of Monday morning — the last day for which figures are available — compared to the previous high of 18,974 on April 12.