– Nigeria’s coronavirus cases are now officially 50,964 after confirmation of 476 new cases
– This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, August 20
– In the latest data released by the NCDC, 265 people were discharged in one day
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, August 20 reported that there are 476 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The NCDC via its official Twitter account revealed that the new cases are as follows:
This means there are now 50,964 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.
While 37,569 have been discharged, 992 people have died due to the viral disease. The latest data released by the NCDC, also reveals that 265 people were discharged within 24 hours.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Australian government says it is considering banning citizens in the country from flights, restaurants, and public transportation if they don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Nick Coatsworth, the deputy chief medical officer, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 19, at a press conference.
According to Coatsworth, health officials and ministers would discuss measures to encourage Australians to take the coronavirus vaccine.
The news comes 24 hours after authorities in China granted the first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine named Ad5-nCoV.
The patent granted by the country’s National Intellectual Property Administration was jointly applied for by a Chinese biopharmaceutical company, called CanSino Biologics Inc and a research team with the Academy of Military Sciences.
The recombinant COVID-19 vaccine was developed by a research team, led by Chen Wei, an infectious disease expert, and researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government, on Wednesday, August 12 said Nigeria had not placed an order for any vaccines from Russia.
The government made the clarification following reports that about 20 countries had ordered billions of the Russian vaccine. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of the coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, for use on Tuesday, August 11.
The executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said: “Nigeria has not ordered any vaccines from Russia. Nigeria is working with many critical stakeholders to access vaccines that have gone through the required clinical trials and approval processes.”
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