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The Gambia yesterday confirmed a new Coronavirus case, making the toll of infection to 26.
As said by the health ministry, the newly recorded case is a 43-year-old Gambian soldier who has been in isolation recently after coming back from his trip to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Senegal with four of his colleagues which tested negative.
The soldier was tested first tested positive for the virus in Sierra Leone.
There is also one potential case, an 11-year-old who currently came home from the US.
The ministry also disclosed that 7 new persons have been taken into isolation for coming from countries with continuing community channelling of the virus..
The Gambia at the moment has 121 persons under quarantine, with 4 ongoing cases and 21 recoveries.
Kogi State on Wednesday joined the list of states with recorded COVID-19 infections, as two fresh cases were confirmed in the state.
COVID-19 has therefore escalate to 35 states in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This was made known by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) daily statistics released on Wednesday night.
The two cases in Kogi were part of the recently confirmed 389 cases of coronavirus in the country.
According to the NCDC, the toll of confirmed infections in Nigeria now stands at 8,733 with 254 deaths confirmed.
Brazil has confirmed more than 1,000 new deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
The 1,086 casualties, revealed on Wednesday, brought the toll of deaths to 25,598. With 20,599 new cases, the number of infected people has reached a stand of 411,821.
Brazil is the second highly affected country after the United States, which has 1,698,581 cases and 100,276 deaths, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.
In spite of being one of the hardest-hit states, Sao Paulo, the biggest hotspot for cases in Brazil, will start to gradually reopened its economy on Monday.
Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria made known on Wednesday that the state will enter a new phase of quarantine as of June 1.
“We will maintain the quarantine until June 15, but with the resumption of some economic activities,” Doria said at a news conference.
Conflicting to what President Jair Bolsonaro has said, Sao Paulo authorities have emphasized that without the quarantines put in place, the toll of victims would be much higher.
Coronavirus cases in Nigeria increased further on Wednesday with 284 cases confirmed by the country, in spite of efforts out in place by authorities to drastically drag the curve of the pandemic.
The new cases, recorded by specialist agency the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Twitter took the country’s total infections to 6,677 out of which 1,840 have been discharged with 200 losing their lives
Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were escalatimh across 12 states and the FCT with their capital city Lagos are the highest number of infections for the day with 199 cases.
A further breakdown of the figures showed that Rivers had 26 new cases, Oyo 19 cases, the FCT and Borno eight each, Plateau seven, Jigawa six, Kano, five, Abia two, and the quartet of Ekiti, Delta, Kwara, and Taraba each confirmed one case
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Government make known the elevating of the ban on religious activities in the state, suggesting that parts of the country are now choosing to return to their normal activities.
The Nigeria Medical Association in Zamfara state has recorded that eight of its members have tested positive for Corona Virus.
The vice-chairman of the association in the state, Mannir Bature told Channels Television that the eight medical doctors who are among the recently recorded cases of COVID-19 are in Zamfara state and were infected in the line of duty at various public hospitals in the state.
Dr Bature also said that the doctors got the infection while attending to patients at hospitals who were already confirmed with the virus.
He, further, urged on the Zamfara State Ministry of Health to provide medical workers in all the public hospitals in the state with personal protective equipment to help them from contracting the virus.
He also pledged for improved risk allowances for medical doctors and other health workers that are tangled in the management of the coronavirus pandemic in Zamfara state in Nigeria.
Brazil has become the country with the third-highest number of recorded coronavirus infections in the world, after reaching a total of more than 250,000 cases.
Experts say inadequate testing might mean that the real figure in Brazil could be 15 times higher than it is.
The country’s ‘far-right’ president, Jair Bolsonaro, has abandoned the risks and compared Covid-19 to “a little flu”.
His handling of the Covid-19 escalation- which has included calls for lockdowns put forward by state governors to be lifted – has led to backlash and the resignation of Health Minister Nelson Teich last week.
Mr Teich’s predecessor, Luiz Mandetta, was dismissed by President Bolsonaro after the two men clash over social distancing measures.
But Mr Bolsonaro’s attention is on lessening economic disruption has been welcomed by many supporters who have put forward anti-lockdown rallies, some of which the president attended.
Brazil now has not less than a quarter of a million recorded cases. More than 16,000 Covid-19 patients have died, the sixth-highest number of deaths in the world.
Untimely results from Moderna coronavirus vaccine assessment show participants succeeded antibodies against the virus
*Volunteers who received Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine had positive early results, according to the biotech company, which partnered with the National Institutes of Health to develop the vaccine.*
If future findings end up well, the company’s vaccine could be in the doorstep of the public as early as January, Dr. Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, told CNN.
“This is absolutely good news and news that we think many have been waiting for for quite some time,” Zaks said.
These untimely data come from the Phase 1 clinical test, which typically studies a small number of people and focuses on whether a vaccine is reliable and elicits an immune response or not.
The results of the study, which was led by the National Institutes of Health, have not been peer write up or published in a medical journal yet.
The United States on Monday condemned the World Health Organization’s “failure” to secure and provide significant information on COVID-19 that could have help stop the pandemic and saved many lives.
“We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control: there was a failure by this organisation to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives,” US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said in a video address to the WHO’s main annual meeting.
Azar hold out that the WHO had to change and become more clear, as he reverse an independent review of “every aspect” of the UN health agency’s response to the escalates pandemic.
The escalation, which first started in China late last year, has killed and infected more people in the United States than in any other country by far.
Washington has adjourned its funding to the WHO, indicting it of being too close to Beijing, and covering up and mishandlng of the pandemic.
“In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world,” said Azar.
“We saw that the WHO failed at its core mission of information sharing and transparency when member states do not act in good faith.
“This cannot ever happen again. The status quo is intolerable. WHO must change, and it must become far more transparent and far more accountable.”
Azar said that while countries were concentrating on the sudden response to the pandemic, they US Says WHO ‘Failure’ On COVID-19 ‘Cost Many Lives’
Nigeria has confirmed 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 latest 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 confirmed two new cases each, while Kebbi and Sokoto shared two cases between them.
Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said President Muhammadu Buhari is set to address Nigerians on Monday over the Corona Virus pandemic.
While some are anticipating for the President to further relax lockdown measures caused by the virus, COVID-19 cases have continued to increase across the country.
Nigeria has recorded 288 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
In a tweet via its official handle late Friday, the NCDC said 179 new cases had been discovered in Lagos, the country’s hotspot.
In Kaduna, 20 new cases were recorded, 15 each in both Katsina and Jigawa, 13 in Borno, 11 in Ogun, eight in Kano, seven in the FCT, four each in Niger and Ekiti, three each in Oyo, Delta and Bauchi, two in Kwara and one in Edo.
The health agency also noted that the number of recovered cases had jumped from 1,180 on Thursday to 1,320, while the death toll increased by four to 171.