The death toll from the COVID¬-19 indicated an increase with 33 deaths recorded from Saturday after infection and death rates in Nigeria slowed down last week. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Sunday, saying that 33 people had died from the COVID-19 on Sunday with a difference of two deaths when compared to Saturday. This brings the total death toll to 2,837 deaths. According to NCDC, 125 new infections were recorded across 9 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), totaling the country's infection toll to 209,298 cases.
The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed that plans are in place to set up mass vaccination centres across the country. Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure on Thursday, during a press briefing in Abuja. Dr. Shuaib said “The objective of this strategy is to vaccinate a high volume of individuals through large sites such as federal institutions (universities, polytechnics), shopping malls, religious centers, sporting events, conference centers, and markets, etc.
Nigeria has recorded fresh 336 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with five deaths. This raised the total number of cases in the country since the pandemic began to 201,630. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) the latest positive samples were recorded in 16 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), Lagos maintained the highest number of 86 cases, followed by Benue-48, then Rivers with 48 and Bauchi-41. Other states that reported new positive samples to include Edo (25), FCT (19), Akwa Ibom (13), Ondo (12), Anambra (11), Ekiti (8), Kwara (7), Plateau (7), Bayelsa (4), Kaduna (4), Delta (2), Ogun (2) and Kano (1).
Nigeria is currently treating and managing over 12, 000 people infected with the COVID-19 virus across the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said. About 636 new infections of COVID-19 and 11 death have been recorded on Friday, raising the fatality rate to 2,211 since the emergence of the pandemic in the country, while the total infection rate is now 181,297.
The United Kingdom (UK) stated that it was working closely with National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to validate Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccine certificate as acceptable proof for travel to the UK. This was disclosed in a statement by United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing.
The Federal Government has informed that COVID-19 vaccination is now compulsory for pilgrims to the holy cities of Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem, and urged adherents of both Islam and Christianity to get vaccinated to avoid any delay or cancellation in the future as some countries have made vaccination a requirement to gain access to their countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked Nigeria’s COVID-19 response as the fourth-best in the world. Dr. Walter Mulombo, WHO Country representative said this on Thursday while marking the arrival of the first batch of the 177,600 doses of the Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Abuja. The WHO official commended the government, adding that the joint effort of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) among others for the quick response of both treatment and vaccination exercise is impressive. Mulombo said “We are witnessing the symbolic arrival of 177,600 Johnson & Johnson vaccines, another landmark event in Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 pandemic; widely acclaimed by many as one of the most successful so far in the world. “Nigeria was ranked fourth among the top ten most successful responses to COVID-19.