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NYSC corp members leave orientation camp in Abuja over coronavirus fears (photos)

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Coronavirus: NYSC corp members leave orientation camp in Abuja

The three-week compulsory orientation course for corps members was abruptly ended by the Federal Government in a bid to curtail the possible spread of the coronavirus.

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See photos of NYSC corp members leaving the orientation camp after Federal government’s directive over Coronavirus at  NYSC Kubwa in Abuja on Wednesday.

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WHO again discontinues use of hydroxychloroquine, others for treating COVID-19

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday announced the discontinuation of the hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir, for the treatment of hospitalised patients with COVID-19.

It said results from its solidarity trial arm with hydroxychloroquine and a combination of the HIV drugs, produced little or no reduction in mortality (death).

The Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee, therefore, recommended the discontinuation of trials with hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir.

It, however, said its decision will not affect any other studies of how the treatments can be used as a pre- or post-exposure drug or by patients not in hospitals.

A statement by WHO said,

“WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms.

“The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.

“The International Steering Committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity trial interim results, and from a review of the evidence from all trials presented at the 1-2 July WHO Summit on COVID-19 research and innovation.

“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect.”

It added,

“For each of the drugs, the interim results do not provide solid evidence of increased mortality. There were, however, some associated safety signals in the clinical laboratory findings of the add-on Discovery trial, a participant in the Solidarity trial. These will also be reported in the peer-reviewed publication.

“This decision applies only to the conduct of the Solidarity trial in hospitalized patients and does not affect the possible evaluation in other studies of hydroxychloroquine or lopinavir/ritonavir in non-hospitalized patients or as pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19.

“The interim Solidarity results are now being readied for peer-reviewed publication.”

The WHO is however still leading the trial with remdesivir, to determine its effectiveness in treating COVID-19 infections.

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Recall that on the 25th of May 2020, the WHO suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine in Solidarity Trial, multi-country trial, for the treatment of COVID-19, over safety concerns. It said a report published by Lancet, indicated that more people were dying from the use of the drug to combat COVID-19.

Later on the 4th of June 2020, it announced the resumption of clinical trials of the anti-malaria drug – hydroxychloroquine, to determine its efficacy in the prevention and treatment COVID-19. The WHO based its decision to rescind on its prior stance on the fact that there was no cogent reason to halt the drug use for trial based on a review of available data by its Safety Committee.

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On the 18th of June, it said outrightly that hydroxychloroquine had no effect whatsoever on COVID-19.

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Covid-19: Enugu State records 30 new cases

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The Enugu State Government has announced 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 372.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.

Obi stated that the ministry confirmed the 30 new cases in the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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He added that the number of patients undergoing treatment was 182, while 181 had been discharged.

“The number of cases on treatment is 182, number of cases discharged – 181 and number of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths  is nine,” he said.

The commissioner called on residents be responsible, adding that COVID-19 is real.

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He urged them to adhere to all the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) precautionary measures in order to stay safe.

“If in spite of your efforts, however, you develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms, please call the following numbers; 08182555550 or 09022333833 or the NCDC number 080097000010,” he advised.

 

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Covid-19: Kwara records 16 fresh cases, discharges four patients

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The Kwara Government says 15 more people have tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19), while four patients have twice tested negative and discharged.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, said this in a statement issued on Sunday.

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According to him, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 284, with 146 patients discharged and five death recorded in the state.

“As at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the number of active cases was 133, while 146 have so far been discharged and five deaths recorded,’’ he said.

 

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