The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,303 new infections of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 124,299 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 99,276 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,522.
As of Tuesday, more than 100 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 55.1 million of the cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.1 million.
In Africa, according to the CBC, Russia and China have approached Zimbabwe about supplying vaccines to tackle its escalating COVID-19 outbreak amid concern about Harare’s ability to afford the shots.
Meanwhile, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi will produce more than 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by its competitors Pfizer and BioNTech by the end of the year, CEO Paul Hudson told Le Figaro newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday.
In the United States, President Joe Biden announced the country is buying enough COVID-19 vaccines to protect 300 million people by the end of the summer. Deliveries to states will surge for the next three weeks following complaints of shortages and inconsistent replies.
In Portugal, the health minister said authorities are considering asking other European Union countries for help amid a steep surge in COVID-19 cases. Portugal has had the world’s worst rate of new daily cases and deaths per 100,000 people for the past week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
In the Asia-Pacific region, health authorities in Taiwan are quarantining 5,000 people while looking for the source of two new coronavirus cases linked to a hospital.
Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began crossed one million on Tuesday and hospitals in some hard-hit areas were near capacity.
In Brazil, hospitals fighting COVID-19 face oxygen shortage, which could lead to dire consequences if they run out.
Chinese airlines are offering refunded tickets as the coronavirus continues to spread in the country’s northeast. The offer Tuesday from the government’s aviation authority comes amid a push to prevent people travelling during the Lunar New Year holiday next month.