The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 877 new infections of COVID-19 Thursday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 150,246 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
It said a total of 126,417 people have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,803.
As of Thursday, more than 109.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with 61.9 million cases listed as recovered or resolved on a tracking site maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.4 million.
Meanwhile, the number of new cases of coronavirus fell by 16% across the world last week, with infection rates now at their lowest level since mid-October, Metro reported.
The World Health Organisation said 2.7 million cases had been reported, with the number of recorded deaths also falling 10% week-on-week, to 81,000, Metro explained.
The data is accurate up to last Sunday. Five of the six WHO regions of the world reported a double-digit percentage decline in new cases, with only the Eastern Mediterranean showing a rise – up 7%. New case dropped 18% in Europe. The falls in deaths and cases coincide with severe restrictions and lockdowns worldwide as well as the early stages of the vaccine rollout.
Nepal, according to the CBC, approved the emergency use of a vaccine developed by an affiliate of China’s Sinopharm.
Rio de Janeiro halted new vaccinations against COVID-19 for a week starting Wednesday due to a shortage of doses, one of a growing number of Brazilian cities that have run low on supplies and are demanding help from Brazil’s federal government.
City officials said they will continue to deliver second doses to those who have already been injected once, but have paused new shots for the elderly. Officials said vaccines for new recipients ran out partly because they had pushed forward their schedule by one week after receiving a fresh lot of doses. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Monday that additional shots won’t be delivered before next week.
“We are ready and we have already vaccinated 244,852 people,” he said on his official Twitter profile. “We just need the vaccine to arrive.”
Spain will make travellers from South Africa and Brazil go into quarantine for at least seven days following their arrival.