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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ensured countries that the organisation will make COVID-19 vaccine accessible once a proven vaccine is developed and available. The Director-General, WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus made this assertion while addressing the committee during a virtual session of the 70th WHO Regional Committee for Africa. "Our continent is facing a health crisis unlike any we have faced before. Yesterday, we crossed 1 million reported cases in the region, with more than 20,000 deaths. The number of cases has doubled just in the past 6 weeks,"

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 304 New Cases, Lowest In 8 Weeks

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Nigeria in eight weeks has on Sunday recorded its first lowest record of confirmed COVID-19 new cases with 304, bringing the country's total to 43,841 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed.

Just In: Foreign Affairs Minister Test Positive For COVID-19

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The Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has been confirmed positive for coronavirus.

Russia Successfully Completes 1st COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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The Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Russian has successfully completed the World's first clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine on humans. The Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, Vadim Tarasov said the vaccine was produced by Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18, 2020.

Delta State Governor Okowa Test Positive For COVID-19

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The governor of Delta State IfeanyiOkowa and wife Edith Okowahave tested positive for COVID-19.

Clinicians May Begin Dexamethasone Trials On COVID-19 Patients- Health Minister

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The battle against coronavirus seems to harden further even as the federal government has suggested clinical trials of the drug, Dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment.

Brain Drain: FG Vowed For Proper Funding Of Health Care To Discourage Migration

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed the federal government plan to discourage brain drain especially that of physicians from the country. The Minister stated this yesterday in Abuja while inspecting a new cancer center newly launched at the National Hospital in Abuja. Ehanire said, “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,” He applauded the health workers for their commitment especially in handling the COVID-19 cases in the country, pledging that the federal government is making an effort that all our physicians within the country did not leave the country to another land because of welfare and working condition.

COVID-19: Nigeria Shuts Down Two Isolation Centres

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The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has disclosed that the death toll of the pandemic on the continent has surpassed 35,000; meanwhile, Nigeria has shutdown two (2) of its COVID-19 isolation centre due to lack of patients. According to Africa CDC, of 1,437,339 infections about 1,185,054 patients have recovered which is very positive. South Africa with 668,529 cases is the 10th most-affected nation globally while the first (1st) in Africa. Nigeria on the other hand is the fourth most impacted country in the continent after South Africa, Egypt and Ethiopia.

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 111 New Infections, 2 Deaths

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Nigeria has on Wednesday recorded a total of 111 new infections of the coronavirus, bringing the cases of infections in the country to 57,724, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Records 221 New Cases As The Death Toll Jumps To 1,096

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has today revealed that the agency has recorded 221 new cases of the coronavirus in the country with one death, shooting the death toll to 1,096.

COVID-19 Update: Nigerian Death Toll Hit 1,083 – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday disclosed that the death toll for the coronavirus in the country now has jumped to 1,083. The health agency made this known through its official twitter handle, saying that about 132 new infections were recorded. It stated that one new death was recorded that made the death toll to hit 1,083.

Hazard Allowance, Withheld Salaries: JOHESU Embark On Nationwide Industrial Action

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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), the Umbrella body of health workers in Nigeria has directed its members to proceed on nationwide industrial action until further notice.
JOHESU, in its statement, directed its members to withdraw their services from midnight of today, September 13, 2020. The statement titled, “Notice of 15days ultimatum/outcome of JOHESU expanded NEC meeting”. The leadership of the union had on Friday had a lengthy discussion with the federal government on their grievances of unpaid hazard allowance of the COVID-19 as promised by the federal government as well as the withheld of salaries of some of its members by some state governors.

#EndSARS: FG Warns Against Increase In COVID-19 Cases

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The Federal government on Monday cautioned that cases of COVID-19 will definitely increase in the coming weeks owing to the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country. The Chairman, Presidential Taskforce, PTF, on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, while issuing the warning in Abuja, said despite the appreciable success recorded so far in the fight against COVID-19, the ongoing protest may spark up a second wave of the virus.
 “I can say it authoritatively that with the ongoing protest across the country, in the next two weeks the cases of COVID-19 would have increased. Each and everyone that attended the protest and did not put up any form of protection are likely going to spread the virus. When people contract the virus during the protest gathering, they will go back home and spread it.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Records Fresh 113 Cases

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About 113 new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday. The NCDC via its Twitter handle revealed that a total of 14 States recorded new infections in the country in the last 24 hours. The health agency said, the 113 new cases brought the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases to a total of 61,307. It also mentioned that four persons died from complications resulting from the virus.

President Trump Reveals He Is Feeling Better

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US President, Donald Trump, has said he is getting better as he gave an update on his COVID-19 diagnosis, from Walter Reed military hospital on Saturday night. However, in a video posted on his Twitter page, he said, “I’m starting to feel good” as he promised that he was fighting the virus for COVID-19 patients “all over the world”. “You don’t know, over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test, so we’ll be seeing what happens over those next couple of days,” he said.

Nigerian Government Develops Faster COVID-19 Test Kit

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In an effort to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity, the Nigerian government has developed a molecular test kit named the SARS-COV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay (SIMA). With the new kit the country can now reach higher daily target of testing. The minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, who made this information known at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, said the new NIMR can produce results in less than 40 minutes. “The Nigeria Institute of Medical Research has developed a molecular test for COVID-19 that can give results in less than 40 minutes.

World COVID-19 Cases Close To One Million

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The world's coronavirus death surpassed 990,000 on Saturday nears one million, with the US, Brazil and India making up nearly half of the total, according to Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The United States of America remains the country worst hit by the pandemic, with 7,065,019 cases and 204,249 deaths, making up more than 20 percent of the global death toll. Although the number is likely to be much higher as testing rates in many countries remain low, with virus-related deaths not being recorded.

COVID-19 Update: NCDC Announces 156 New Cases

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Nigeria on Friday recorded one of the country's lowest daily infections in almost four months with 156 cases recorded. The latest daily figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 54,743. This is according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night.