The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,056 new infections of COVID-19 Tuesday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 141,447 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 115,755 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,694.
As of Tuesday, more than 106.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 59.6 million of those cases listed as recovered or resolved by Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a case tracking tool. The global death toll stood at more than 2.3 million.
In Africa, according to the CBC, Ethiopia has secured nine million doses of COVID-19 vaccines up until April and hopes to inoculate at least a fifth of its 110 million people by the end of the year, the health minister said.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that just one dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine can reduce a patient’s risk of infection by 65%. Metro reported that new data revealed in the research, which will be officially published this week, showed that the Pfizer vaccine can start working in as little as two weeks.
One dose of the vaccine can reduce the symptomatic risk of infection by 65% in younger adults and 64% in over-80s, it was claimed. These figures then increased to 79% and 84% upon receiving the second dose of the jab. This is slightly lower than efficacy rates shown in clinical trials, but a Government source said it was still ‘hugely positive’.