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Rwanda goes back into Lockdown to Curb Covid-19 Cases

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Rwanda goes back into Lockdown to Curb Covid-19 Cases

The Rwandan capital Kigali and eight other districts across the country have been sent back into lockdown to curb surging coronavirus cases and deaths in the country.

The government urged Citizens to significantly reduce social interactions and limit movements only to essential services until 26th July.

Both public and private offices, except for those providing key services, were ordered shut down .

Other measures due to come into force include a ban on outdoor sport and recreational activities, while schools will remain closed.

International arrivals and tourism will however continue. A dusk to dawn curfew introduced in June across the country will also remain in force.

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Rwanda has up until now avoided the worst of the pandemic by enforcing some of the strictest containment measures on the continent and implementing a rigorous regime of testing and contact tracing.

But in recent weeks, cases have skyrocketed as the East African nation battles more virulent variants of the virus, including delta.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed, with a critical shortage of beds and desperately needed medicines.

The country of 13 million people has registered nearly 51,000 cases of Covid-19 of which 607 have been fatal.

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on July 29, reported the highest case load of covid 19 in almost five months.

With 558 new infections recorded on Thursday, the NCDC stated that the cases were reported in 15 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

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Lagos recorded 376 new infections, Oyo 33, Akwa Ibom 26, and the FCT 22

Others are Imo with 15 new cases, Bayelsa – 13, Ekiti – 13, Kano – 12, Ogun – 11, Plateau – 11, Delta – 9, Jigawa – 6, Rivers – 4, Zamfara – 4, Edo – 3, and Ebonyi – 1.

Two deaths were recorded on Thursday bringing the total number of deaths to 2,141, with total confirmed cases in the country put at 178,821, and 164,930 recoveries.

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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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