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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control affirms this on April 23, said that 223 out of the 973 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country got infected from "unknown sources."

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The latest news reaching us now is that during infection research of the 873 cases newly reported today, the NCDC is finding it hard to know the likely source of infection for 223 patients (Unknown Sources of covid-19).

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108 New Cases Reported as of 23rd April, 2020

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control affirms this on April 23, said that 223 out of the 973 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country got infected from “unknown sources.”

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In a situation report published on April 23, the report covers 25 states and the Federal capital territory (FCT).

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As of April 23rd, 2020, the total cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria are 873, 197 people have been discharged and 28 deaths have been recorded, among which is the Former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari who died some days ago from the complication of COVID-19.
The three deaths reported on Wednesday occurred in Ekiti, Oyo, and Borno.

 

It is of high essence we carry out imperative test all over the country as the report shows that of the total of 9,522 samples tested for coronavirus, 588 were conducted in the last 24 hours.

According to the online medium, the information given on the origin of infection of the affected cases revealed that 210 persons have travel history, 317 are contacts of infected persons, 123 have “incomplete information” while 223 persons are listed to have been infected from “unknown sources.”

The report said that more males than females have tested positive, with 616 males confirmed positive for coronavirus compared to 257 females, the group affected are mostly aged between 31 and 40.

The director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu

The director-general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu

A total of 9,257 persons of interest have been identified, with 9,131 said to have exceeded follow-up, which represents 99 percent of the total figure.

At the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Thursday, April 23, a question was raised on the testing capacity of the country, considering that African countries like Ghana and South Africa have conducted more tests than Nigeria.

As of April 22, 2020, the figures from the Ghana health service showed that 68,591 persons have been tested, with 1,042 confirmed positive, while in South Africa, 143,570 tests have been conducted as of April 23, with 3,953 discovered to have tested positive for coronavirus.

In his response to the question, Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC director-general, said the country was not engaged in a “game of numbers.”

“We’re not playing a numbers game with testing. We have a strategy; we’ll stick to that strategy and make sure we deliberately increase the number of tests, but while testing the right people at the right time,” he had said.

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U.S. to ship 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66 million to South Africa

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Vaccines Effective Against Variants but Overseas Travel Still Not Safe Says WHO

The U.S. government Wednesday will ship nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to two of the most populous African countries – Nigeria and South Africa – as the continent battles a third wave of infections, White House officials said.

Four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will go to Nigeria and 5.66 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to South Africa, the officials said.

The South Africa shipment is the single largest sent by the United States since it began sending vaccine shots overseas, one of the officials said. The latest shipments bring the total number of U.S. vaccine doses sent to Africa to 16.4 million.

The urgently needed help comes as amid growing concern about vaccination rates in Africa, which lag far behind those of advanced economies.

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Experts worry that the highly contagious Delta variant could pose another setback, if countries begin requiring booster shots for fully-vaccinated individuals, a move that would slow shipments of urgently needed vaccines to developing countries.

The White House said equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines was essential to ending the pandemic.

“We are working to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people around the world as fast as possible,” one of the White House officials said in a statement.

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told reporters on Monday, that the single-dose vaccine would be advantageous for Nigeria, given its partly nomadic population and weak systems for keeping track of people and arranging for second doses.

Ehanire said Nigeria was also expecting four million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and an unspecified quantity of Pfizer and Sinopharm doses. He said all of those were expected in the third quarter.

The minister also warned that the covid-19 infection numbers were rising due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, noting that 216 people had tested positive in the last 24 hours, most of them in Lagos and Akwa Ibom.

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With an estimated 200 million citizens, Nigeria has so far vaccinated a tiny fraction of its population. The most recent data, in June, showed that 2 million people had received one dose and 700,000 had received two. In total, Nigeria has so far taken delivery of under 4 million doses.

The government had announced in March it was hoping to secure 70 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine this year through an African Union programme, with an initial batch of 30 million to be delivered in the third quarter.

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World Bank to Finance Extra COVID-19 Jabs for Poorer Nations

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World Bank to Finance Extra COVID-19 Jabs for Poorer Nations

A new World Bank financing mechanism will allow developing countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines collectively through the Covax facility, it announced on Monday.

Covax was set up to ensure 92 developing territories could access coronavirus vaccines to fight the pandemic, with the cost covered by donors.

The new mechanism will allow those countries to buy additional doses on top of the subsidised ones they will already receive via Covax.

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Using money from the World Bank and other development banks, the facility says it will make advanced purchases from vaccine manufacturers based on aggregated demand across countries.

Under the World Bank financing arrangement, up to 430 million additional doses, or enough doses to fully vaccinate 250 million people, would be available for delivery between late 2021 and mid-2022 for the 92 countries that currently get their vaccine doses covered by donors.

Covax is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

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