The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 168 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 66,607 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 62,311 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,169.
As of Tuesday, there were more than 59.5 million cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide, with more than 38 million of them considered recovered or resolved, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The global death toll has now surpassed 1.4 million.
According to a CBC update Tuesday, in the Americas, US state and federal officials pleaded with Americans to stay home and redouble efforts to curtail the pandemic on Tuesday, defending unpopular public health measures as record hospitalisations pushed health-care professionals to the brink.
The US surpassed 86,000 hospitalisations for COVID-19 on Tuesday as 30 of the 50 states reported record numbers of patients this month. The country is averaging more than 1,500 coronavirus deaths and 171,000 new cases a day.
In Europe, France will start easing its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend so that by Christmas, shops, theatres and cinemas will reopen and people will be able to spend the holiday with their families, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp., the world’s largest maker of rubber gloves, said Tuesday it expects a two- to four-week delay in deliveries after more than 2,000 workers at its factories were infected by the coronavirus, raising the possibility of supply disruptions during the pandemic.
In Africa, South Africa is going with the COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine distribution scheme, with a committed purchase for 10 per cent of its population of 58 million, a senior health official said on Tuesday.
The country has recorded the most coronavirus infections on the continent, with more than 769,000 confirmed cases and more than 20,000 deaths to date.
Nigeria will bar passengers who fail to follow the country’s COVID-19 protocol from flying for six months.
In the Middle East, Iran reported a record high 13,721 new cases and a near-record 483 deaths in the past 24 hours. President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the country plans to use foreign coronavirus vaccines while also developing its own.