The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,005 new infections of COVID-19 Friday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 143,516 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 118,866 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,734. https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1360360674082316296?s=19
As of Friday, more than 108 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 60.5 million of those cases listed as recovered or resolved in a database maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.3 million.
CBC reported that South Africa has secured millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines to fight the highly infectious COVID-19 variant that is dominant in the country.
Kenya is going ahead with its plan to inoculate its citizens using AstraZeneca’s vaccine, while Zimbabwe has bought 600,000 shots from China’s Sinopharm, in addition to 200,000 China has donated.
Meanwhile, according to Al Jazeera, the World Health Organization (WHO) head has said that all hypotheses remain open on COVID origins. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s remarks follow WHO investigative mission, which could produce a summary report next week.
The WHO’s mission to Wuhan, where the first coronavirus infections were identified in December 2019, failed to identify the source of the virus but poured cold water on the theory that it leaked from the city’s virology laboratory.
At a press conference in Geneva on Friday alongside mission head Peter Ben Embarek, Ghebreyesus said the team had conducted a “very important scientific exercise in very difficult circumstances”.
France on Friday recommended that people who have already recovered from COVID-19 receive a single vaccine dose, becoming the first country to issue such advice, according to a France 24 report.
The list of mysterious symptoms related to the coronavirus keeps getting longer.
The latest unexpected side effect according to the New York Post, happened to an 86-year-old woman in Italy, whose fingers turned black with gangrene as COVID-19 caused severe clotting, cutting off the blood supply to her extremities.
Doctors were forced to amputate three of her digits after diagnosing the woman in April 2020, calling the case study a “severe manifestation” of the disease in a new report published in the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery.