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COVID-19 cases in Africa hit almost 100,000, kills 3,078 people

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The World Health Organization, WHO, regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of coronavirus cases in Africa has risen to over 99, 400 in the past 24 hours.

The UN health agency gave the update on its official Twitter account on Friday.

According to the tweet, COVID-19 has killed 3,078 people on the continent, while 39,000 people have recovered from the virus.

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“Over 99,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 39,000 recoveries and 3,078 deaths,” it said.

The WHO African Region COVID-19 dashboard showed that South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco have continued to top the list of highest COVID-19 reported cases on the continent.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that another 339 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing to 7,016 the number of confirmed cases in the country as of Thursday night.

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Three doctors test positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said that three doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa State.

Dr Bulus Umaru, NMA Chairman, announced this on Friday in Lafia.

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“three gynaecologists and two auxiliary staff have contracted the coronavirus in the course of their work of dealing with patients.

“The doctors are now on admission at an isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre and are responding to treatment.”

He urged the NMA members and other health workers to observe personal and environmental hygiene and guard against contracting the disease.

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Umaru advised health workers in the state to be properly kitted with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever on duty attending to patients.

“You may not know which patients have the virus, hence the need for proper protection to avoid being infected,” he said.

He also appealed to the Nasarawa State Government to pay hazard allowances to health workers battling the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure industrial harmony at this critical time.

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Umaru urged the state government to also introduce insurance schemes for health workers.

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Covid-19: Ebony Media Concepts distributes palliatives to over 500 households in Lagos

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Ebony Media Concepts, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has distributed Covid-19 palliatives to over 500 households in Lagos Island Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Chairman of the Foundation, Omooba Qudus Adewole, told journalists in Lagos Island that the palliatives were to cushion the hardship of the COVID-19 lockdown on beneficiaries.

He said that the palliative was also a way to assuage the sufferings of the masses, particularly in the month of Ramadan.

He however, noted that distribution of palliatives in Lagos Island East LCDA  and Lagos Island Local Government areas were not based on partisan interests.

Omooba Qudus Adewole, who led a team to ensure effective distribution of the palliatives, said that no fewer than 500 households benefited from the gestures.

“The beneficiaries comprised of widows, widowers and less privileged in the society. This package was structured to coincide with the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan,” said Adewole.

Adewole however, urged residents of Lagos Island Local Government, where the items were distributed  in general, to abide by the stay-at-home order. He also urged them to maintain personal and public hygiene as well as maintain social distancing ordered by the government so as to curb the spread of the virus.

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He further stressed that the best way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 was by adhering to directives of medical experts.

“Our Foundation is set out to be a front runner in humanitarian activities as well as making life meaningful for the less privileged irrespective of their political, religious and social affiliations in the society.

“Our mission is clear and with the support of God, we are gradually achieving our goals of bridging the wide gaps between the poor and the rich. Majorly, this intervention programme will go a long way in providing reliefs to our brothers and sisters, young and old during this COVID-19 lockdown,” he said.

Omooba Qudus Adewole, however, commended and appreciate the sponsors and other philanthropists for their efforts in the distribution of palliatives to the people.

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One of the beneficiaries, a 59-year-old woman and a trader, Alhaja Halimat, thanked the foundation and prayed that God would continue to bless them.

Another beneficiary, a 50-year-old woman, who is a trader, while applauding the Foundation, advised other philanthropists to do same.

A 55-year-old woman, Aisha Afolabi, also thanked the foundation for the palliative and prayed for the sponsor and the philanthropists who make sure the distribution is realized.

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The items distributed were jollof rice, and chicken, drinks, hand sanitizers and face masks.

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COVID-19: Negative result no longer required to discharge patients – NCDC says

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A negative laboratory test result of COVID-19 patients is no longer required for such patients to be discharged, a Nigerian official has said.

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.

Mr Ihekweazu said the new discharge criteria for COVID-19 Infection indicates that patients can be free 14 days after the first positive result.

“There have been new science emerging about the duration of infectivity of individual patients. It led to the WHO issuing new clinical guidelines.

“Symptomatic patients would thereby be discharged 10 days after symptom onset, plus at least 3 days without symptoms. If your symptoms last for longer, we will wait for longer managing you supportively.

“If you are asymptomatic, you can be discharged 14 days after your first positive result. A negative laboratory test is no longer required to discharge a COVID-19 patient,” he said.

According to the NCDC DG, the new guideline is based on new data from Singapore “that RNA detected beyond 10 days is no longer infectious as no viable virus is grown by viral culture.”

At the initial stage of the virus in Nigeria, the major requirement for discharging patients were testing negative to COVID-19 twice.

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The NCDC boss later said the agency had switched to testing COVID-19 patients only once as against its earlier stance on double testing before discharge.

This, he said is to enable the decongestion of some isolation centres in the country.

Mr Ihekweazu had earlier said Nigeria may consider discharging COVID-19 patients earlier than their required treatment and isolation period, even though they are still positive.

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The agency also said it was considering home treatment for patients also as a means of decongesting the treatment centres.

Meanwhile, Mr Ihekweazu said discharged patients are to continue self-isolating at home one week after discharge.

“At that point, you really don’t need more clinical interventions, even at home; you just need time to recover.

“It is just like you recover from any other illness. You don’t need any special intervention once you have been discharged,” he said.

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