The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 806 new cases of COVID-19 Friday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 77,013 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 67,484 people it said, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,212, with an additional 11 people succumbing to the virus.
As of Friday , more than 75.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide with more than 42.5 million of those cases considered recovered or resolved, according to a COVID-19 tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 1.6 million.
According to the CBC, South Africa’s total reported cases surpassed 900,000, just two weeks after crossing 800,000, signaling a rapid rise in infections in the country battling a second wave.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said the agency is in touch with South African researchers who identified a new variant strain of the coronavirus.
In the Americas, US Vice-President Mike Pence was vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event aimed at reassuring Americans the vaccine is safe. He celebrated the shot as “a medical miracle” that could eventually contain the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Pence is the highest-profile official yet to receive the vaccine.
South Korea has reported 1,062 new cases of coronavirus infections, its third straight day above 1,000 as the virus continues to slam the greater capital area where hospital beds are in short supply.
The viral resurgence has put pressure on the government to raise social distancing restrictions to maximum levels, something policymakers have resisted for weeks out of economic concerns.