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Coronavirus: Recovered patients re-infected in Wuhan

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As at Thursday, it is recorded that between 3% and 10% of patients cured of the coronavirus in Wuhan have contracted the infection again after being discharged.

This is the result of a study conducted by two hospitals in the capital of Hubei, considered the epicentre of the pulmonary epidemic.

Doctors from Tongji Hospital, where the virus was identified, claim they found no evidence that these individuals (all asymptomatic) infected other people.

City health authorities say these newly positive patients will be hospitalized only if they exhibit symptoms of the disease. For the others, there is a two-week quarantine.

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In China, the problem of asymptomatic patients is emerging, which are not counted in the official estimates. After five days without any new infection, Wuhan has registered a new case. He is a doctor from the city’s university hospital: he is thought to have contracted Covid-19 from one of his symptom-free patients.

To date, the number of infected people in China exceeds 81,000, with 3287 deaths. Yesterday there were 67 new cases, all imported from abroad.

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The spread of the virus shows no sign of stopping in Asia. In Malaysia, King Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was placed in quarantine with his wife: seven people on his staff were found positive. There are 1796 people infected in the country; 21 have died.

Singapore researchers are developing a test that can diagnose the disease in five minutes. In the city-state there are 631 recorded cases and only two deaths.

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In India, there are 649 cases of Covid-19, with 13 deaths. In Delhi 900 people were placed in quarantine after a local clinic doctor was found positive.

In Vietnam, the number of reported infections continues to remain low (141, without any deaths).

In Indonesia there were 105 new cases; 111 in Thailand and 104 in South Korea. Japan is preparing to declare a state of emergency. There are 1313 cases of infection in the Land of the Rising Sun and 45 deaths.

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JUST IN: Nasarawa Attorney General tests positive for COVID-19

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Nasarawa Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner for health, Pharmacist Yahaya Ahmed, confirmed the incident to The Nation in a telephone interview in Lafia, the state capital.

He said:

“Yes I’m aware. I can confirm that, however he is in self isolation at home and is in a stable and clear condition. We are taking care of him.”

The Attorney General is a member of the State Task Force on COVID-19.

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Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

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African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.

New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.

“The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa.

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Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.

“This will save lives and save (the) economy.”

Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.

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Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.

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Nkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.

“That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.

Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.

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The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late-stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.

South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria hits more than 30,000 with 460 new cases

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The  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 460 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30,249.

Also, the death toll from the virus has hit 684, as 15 new deaths were reported on Wednesday.

There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Wednesday compared to what was reported on Tuesday (503).

The health agency in a tweet said the 460 new cases were reported in 21 states including Lagos, Rivers, Oyo, Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Anambra, Kano, Plateau, Edo, Bayelsa, Enugu, Osun, Kwara, Borno, Ogun, Kaduna, Imo, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, and Adamawa.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country, while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 51 days.

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The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, and Kano State.

The 460 new cases were reported from 21 states: Lagos – 150, Rivers – 49, Oyo – 43, Delta – 38, FCT – 26, Anambra – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 18, Edo – 14, Bayelsa – 13, Enugu – 13, Osun – 12, Kwara – 10, Borno – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 6, Imo – 4, Bauchi – 3, Gombe – 3, Niger – 2 and Adamawa – 1.

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