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UK Coronavirus Strain Detected In At Least 60 Countries ― WHO

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The UK coronavirus strain has been detected in at least 60 countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, 10 more than a week ago. With the global death toll now well past two million, and new variants of the virus causing deep concern, countries across the world are grappling with how to slow infections until vaccines become widely available.

The African Union (AU)has said it has secured nearly 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for distribution to its member states. Dr Nicaise Ndembi, the Senior Science Adviser for the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed this on Wednesday, saying that the vaccines have been secured independently of the COVAX global effort to be distributed to low-income countries.

COVID-19: FG May Impose Fresh Lockdown - PTF

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The Federal Government has on Thursday said it will impose a fresh lockdown across the country if the rising COVID-19 cases persist, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu announced. Aliyu said this during the PTF daily press briefing in Abuja explaining that the rise in new COVID-19 infections was alarming and may require a fresh lockdown to curb the spread. “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions,” the National Coordinator said.

COVID-19: WHO Endorses Pfizer Vaccine For Immunization In Nigeria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Tuesday announced that it has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria, ahead of the delivery of the vaccine to the country. This was announced by Dr. Walter Kaza Mulombo, the WHO Country Representative during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja, saying that the Pfizer vaccine which requires to be stored in -70 degrees Celsius has been approved for Nigeria by WHO and will be made available for emergency use. Also, the government has commenced talks with the Chinese government to make the COVAX vaccine accessible with Nigeria hoping to get about 42 million doses.

NAFDAC Shuts Six Defaulting Pharmaceutical Firms

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has on Monday announced the shutting of six local manufacturers of pharmaceutical products for failure to meet minimum manufacturing practice. The Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye made this known in a statement in Abuja, saying the development was in line with the agency’s zero-tolerance for substandard products in Nigeria, adding that Nationwide surveillance on the activities of manufacturers was carried out which later revealed the defaulting firms.
“The current actions are to serve as deterrents to all local and foreign manufacturers who may not want to comply with basic GMP requirements and join the agency in its renewed campaign to rid the country of SF medicines.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Nigerian Doctors Calls For Careful Review Before Administering It

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), a body of Nigerian Doctors has advised the Nigerian government to conduct an independent evaluation of the coronavirus vaccine before administering it to Nigerians. The President of the association, Prof. Innocent Ujah, stated this while having an interview with a Channel Television TV host on Monday, saying the evaluation has become necessary following the wake of conspiracy surrounding the vaccine as well as considering the genetic characteristic of the vaccine being a foreign-based.

Ease on Covid-19 Lockdown extended For another one month – FG

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Worried by the continued increase of the COVID-19 cases in the country, the Federal Government has extended phase three of the ease of lockdown for another one month.

COVID-19: Lagos Oxygen Demand Of 360 Per Day To Hit 750 By February — Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has raised the alarm over rising COVID-19 positive cases saying, the oxygen demand by patients has risen from 70 to 360 per day and projected to hit 750/by February 2021. Sanwo-Olu, also said in the second wave of the pandemic any malaria-like symptoms by the patient should be considered as COVID-19 and go for the test unless proven otherwise.

COVID-19: Nigerian Government Approved N10bn For Development Of Homemade Vaccine

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The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire had yesterday disclosed that the Federal government has approved the release of N10billion for the development of a local vaccine in Nigeria. Mr. Ehanire disclosed this during the media briefing of the Presidential task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 yesterday in Abuja saying though the county is making effort to procure the vaccine when is available.

COVID-19 : Governors Insisted On School Resumption Against Our Wish – Minister

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The Federal Government has yesterday disclosed that it was not in support of school resumption on Jan 18, 2021 as stated but governors insisted. The Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu stated this yesterday during a daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

COVID-19: Governors Express Worry, Set To Meet On Wednesday

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Governors of the 36 States of the Federation will be holding their 23rd virtual meeting to address the rising cases of COVID-19 infections and work out an appropriate response. The meeting which is scheduled to hold virtually on Wednesday is expected to provide a platform for the governors to deliberate and agree on practical steps to contain further spread of the disease.

COVID-19 Update: Nigeria Record Fresh 1,444 Case Of Infection

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that it has recorded a fresh 1,444 cases of the coronavirus in the country. The health agency made this known through its official website yesterday.

COVID-19: Nigeria Records 1,204 New Cases, Highest Daily Record

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Nigeria on Monday recorded 1,204 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number of new infections recorded in a day, totalling it to 91,351 cases, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. According to NCDC, the new cases were recorded in 20 States and the FCT, with Lagos remaining the epicentre of the pandemic with 654 cases, while FCT had 200. Other States include Plateau-60, Kaduna-54, Kano-40, Rivers-30, Edo-28, Nasarawa-25, Kebbi-19, Bauchi-18, Oyo-13, Akwa Ibom-12, Bayelsa-11, Ogun-11, Delta-9, Abia-8, Benue-5, Imo-three, Borno-2, and Sokoto and Osun with 1 case each.

WHO Launches COVID-19 App To Counter Pandemic Misinformation

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a mobile application, “WHO COVID-19 Updates” which offers “trusted info from both the experts at the WHO and regional partners, with regular updates and notifications as scientific findings progress." According to the health body, the app will enlighten users on both mild and serious symptoms of COVID-19, and also educate them on how to protect themselves, as well as avoiding myths, and misinformation. The app which was initially released in April 2020 but was removed from public space, is currently only available on Google Play Store in Nigeria. However, the older version is similar to the latest stable version.

COVID-19 Second Wave: FG Announces New Restrictions

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The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday approved new restrictions in a bid to mitigate the spread of a second wave of COVID-19 in the country. The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced the new restrictions during a press briefing of the task force in Abuja, wherein he ordered the closure of all restaurants, night clubs, event centres, and bars in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The number of guests at weddings and conference has also been cut down to 59 as new strain of coronavirus hits the nation. Services like home deliveries by restaurants, services to hotel residents, takeaways and drive-ins may operate.

U.N. Reclassifies 'Weed'

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The United Nations (UN) has removed medical cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs like heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. It is expected this move will aid the expansion of marijuana for research and medical use.

Governor Bello Of Niger State Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19. Governor Bello made this known in a tweet on Monday, November, 9, 2020, revealing that he is asymptomatic and is in isolation. On his twitter handle he wrote: “I have tested positive to ‪#COVID19. However, I am asymptomatic and have gone into isolation,” the governor posted.

#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.