The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 864 new infections of COVID-19 Wednesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 127,024 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 100,853 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,547.
As of Thursday, the number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally stood at more than 101 million, with more than 55.9 million cases considered recovered or resolved. The global death toll stood at more than 2.1 million, according to a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, according to a CBC update, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI received a shot against the coronavirus Thursday to officially kick off his country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which initially will primarily target health-care workers, security forces and people over age 75, according to Moroccan authorities.
The king, who normally appears in public wearing a robe, was pictured in a dark T-shirt and with a surgical mask on his face as he got jabbed in the arm.
Morocco has one of Africa’s most advanced vaccination programmes, though the continent remains well behind richer countries such as the US or Britain in inoculating its citizens against the virus.
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the continent through the Serum Institute of India.
Africa CDC director John Nkengasong told reporters that with the new doses, on top of the 270 million doses announced earlier, “I think we’re beginning to make very good progress.”
As with many vaccine deals, there are no immediate details on cost or how much people might pay per dose.
Parts of the African continent are now seeing a strong second surge in coronavirus infections, which Nkengasong calls “very aggressive now.”
Africa has more than 3.4 million confirmed virus cases, including more than 87,000 deaths.