The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 67,960 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 63,839 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,177.
South Africa’s COVID-19 case numbers reportedly stood at more than 792,000 on Wednesday. The country, which has seen more reported cases than any other nation in Africa, has seen more than 21,000 deaths.
As of Wednesday, there were more than 64 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 41.2 million of those listed as recovered or resolved, according to a tracking tool maintained by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at well over 1.4 million.
British regulators reportedly insisted that “no corners have been cut” during the assessment of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, which was cleared for emergency use on Wednesday.
According to the CBC, Pfizer and BioNTech say they’ve won permission for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom. British media reports suggest vaccinations for medical workers could start as early as next week.
Italians will not be able to attend midnight mass or move between regions over the Christmas period, a top Health Ministry official said on Wednesday, as the country battles high coronavirus infection rates and deaths. Italy has been reporting more daily COVID-19 fatalities than any other European nation in recent weeks.
The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic, raging with unprecedented fury nationwide, will pose the country’s grimmest health crisis yet over the next few months, before vaccines become widely available.