COVID-19: Nigeria Reports 553 New Cases, Highest Single-Day Toll

  Nigeria witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, recording more than 500 new single-day infections for the first time. The new cases were confirmed by the specialist agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Twitter. This takes the country’s total infections to 9,855, out of which 2856 have been discharged with 273 losing their lives. Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 378 cases.…

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Finally, Kogi Joins COVID-19 List as Nigeria Records 389 New Cases — Highest Daily Toll

  Exactly three months after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case, the country, on Wednesday, had its highest daily toll ever. An Italian who flew into the country from Milan tested positive for the disease on February 27. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 389 new cases and two were from Kogi state. Before now, Kogi and Cross Rivers had remained the only two states where the COVID-19 cases were yet to be recorded. The number of fatalities increased from 249 to 254, while recoveries increased from 2,385…

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COVID-19: Nigeria Shuns WHO’s Warning, Insists on Chloroquine Trial

  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has insisted it will continue Chloroquine clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment, despite the suspension of the drug test by the World Health Organisation (WHO). NAFDAC director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, stated this while speaking on TVC on Tuesday. Adeyeye said there is data to prove that Chloroquine is effective in treating Coronavirus patients, particularly at the “mild stage” of infection. She said Nigeria would continue its clinical trials which may take three to four months. “There is data to prove…

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Smokers at Greatest Risk of Contracting Severe Coronavirus

  A new study said smokers and former smokers, face twice the risk of contracting severe cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus than non-smokers. Those who vape are also at great risk, said researchers at University of California, in San Francisco. “Our analysis confirms that smoking is a risk factor for progression of COVID-19, with smokers having 1.91-times the odds of progression in COVID-19 severity than never smokers. They also found that when the disease worsens, current or former smokers had more acute or critical conditions or death. Overall, smoking was…

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10 Ministers Contract Deadly Coronavirus

  Ten South Sudan ministers have contracted the deadly coronavirus disease. Information Minister Michael Makuei has told the BBC that all former members of the high-level task force on coronavirus – apart from the health minister – have tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus. But he has denied reports that President Salva Kiir – who was also a member of the team – had also tested positive. It comes just days after first Vice-President Riek Machar announced he had tested positive alongside his wife, Defence…

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Nigeria’s Coronavirus Cases Exceed 7,000

  Records 339 New Cases  Nigeria reported 339 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 7,016. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, in a tweet via its official handle, confirmed the new figures. According to the health agency, Lagos reported 139 new cases, Kano had 28, Oyo 28, Edo 25, and Katsina 22. Other states with new cases include Kaduna with 18, Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 cases each, the FCT with 11, eight in Gombe, five in Ogun, four in…

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Why Some COVID-19 Patients Dance in Isolation Centres, NCDC DG Explains

  The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says some COVID-19 patients dance in isolation centres because the disease may not weaken some people’s body system as badly as others. Speaking on Thursday, Ihekweazu said their confinement is not only because of their sickness but to prevent them from spreading the virus. He, however, added that most of the patients at isolation centres are complying with the guidelines at the centres. He said: “I think people really need to understand why people are being put in these…

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NMA Reverses Stay-At-Home Order for Doctors in Lagos

The Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has reversed its stay-at-home order which it imposed from 6 pm on Wednesday (May 20, 2020), following the conflicting order, restricting the movement of essential workers amid the COVID-19 lockdown. In a statement signed by the Chairman, Dr. Saliu Oseni, and the Secretary of the association, Dr. Moronkola Ramon, the NMA on Thursday said that the decision to reverse the order was necessary after the Nigerian Police Force and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu resolved the issues and assured…

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Event Manager Donates Faceshields To LASUTH

As the battle against the deadly disease, COVID-19 continues across the world, especially in Lagos, which has become the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria, the CEO of SaladChops & Events Managers, Mrs Olawunmi Omotoyinbo has lent her helping hand to the frontline health workers as she donated some face shields to the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). Receiving the items at the board room in LASUTH, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo thanked Omotoyinbo on behalf of the management of the hospital. Prof. Fabamwo noted…

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Nigeria Records 338 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Closing 6,000

Nigeria has recorded 338 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. In a tweet on its official handle late Sunday, the NCDC said Lagos had recorded 177 new cases, while Kano posted 64 cases. Other regions with new cases include the FCT with 21, Rivers with 16, Plateau with 14, Oyo 11, Katsina nine, Jigawa and Kaduna with four each, and three cases from the trio of Abia, Bauchi, and Borno. Gombe, Akwa Ibom, and Delta states also recorded two new cases each,…

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