The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 920 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 77,933 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 67,784 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,218, with an additional 6 people succumbing to the virus.
As of Saturday , more than 75.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 42.7 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a COVID-19 tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The global death toll stood at more than 1.6 million.
The CBC reports that the total number of confirmed cases on the African continent has surpassed 2.5 million, according to a Reuters tally, with countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mauritania, Ghana and Ivory Coast seeing a sharp rise in cases and reporting near record levels of infection.
South Africa remains the worst-affected African country with more than 912,000 cases and more than 24,000 deaths. The country has seen a sharp spike in infections since the start of December.
Switzerland has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech.The country’s health agency did not say when vaccinations in Switzerland would begin.
The approval comes shortly after Britain, Canada, the United States and other countries allowed the use of the vaccine in their respective countries.
Meanwhile, in Asia, long lines are snaking from COVID-19 testing sites in the South Korean capital of Seoul on Saturday as the country reports 1,053 more confirmed cases, the fourth straight day over 1,000. In the Americas, with California’s more than 48,000 new cases leading the way, the US as a whole added a record 249,709 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. An additional 2,814 people died nationwide, pushing the death toll to more than 313,000.