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COVID-19 Second Wave: Nigeria Records 27 Deaths In 24 Hours As NCDC Confirms 1,114 New Infections



Nigeria on Friday shattered its daily COVID-19 death record, posting its highest deaths in a single day since the pandemic broke out.

Figures released by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC late Friday night showed that 27 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

This is the highest the nation has ever recorded in a single day since February 2020 when the pandemic broke out in the country.

Before now, the nation posted its highest single day COVID-19 deaths on January 15, 2021, when it reported 23 deaths.

The record has been broken, with 27 deaths recorded. Of the 27 deaths reported, Lagos accounted for nine, taking its death toll to 311.

Oyo reported seven deaths, taking its total deaths to 83, while Ondo posted four deaths, with its total now 51.

Edo raked in three deaths, with its total deaths standing at 139; Kwara, two deaths, with its total now 41, while FCT and Kano reported one death each. While FCT now has a total of 126 deaths, Kano has 77 deaths.

Total confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria now stand at 1,577.

However, infections fell on Friday from 1,400 on Thursday to 1,114, taking the nation’s total confirmed Coronavirus cases to 128,674, with 102,780 recoveries recorded.

Of the 1,114 new cases on Friday, Lagos posted the highest, raking in 408 cases, down from the 536 cases reported the previous day.

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja came a distant second with 95 new cases, a fall from the 129 cases it recorded on Thursday.

Others are: Plateau (90), Ondo (66), Kaduna (63), Oyo (56), Borno (46), Imo (42), Edo (41), Ogun (37), Rivers (31), Ekiti (25), Yobe (20), Kano (18), Akwa Ibom (18), Delta (15), Osun (15), Kwara (11), Bayelsa (6), Nasarawa (6), Zamfara (4) and Bauchi (1).

Twenty-one States and the FCT reported new cases on Friday.

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Pfizer Identifies Counterfeit Covid-19 Vaccines In Mexico, Poland



US pharmaceutical company Pfizer has identified fake doses of its vaccine against Covid-19 in Mexico and Poland, Sputnik quoted The Wall Street Journal report.

In Mexico, some 80 people got fraudulent vaccines at a clinic for about US$1,000 (RM4,110) per dose. The doses also had fake labels.

In Poland, fake doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are likely to have been an anti-wrinkle medicine. The Polish authorities said that no one had received the fake vaccines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. To date, more than 143.48 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 3.05 million fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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BREAKING: AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Can Cause Unusual Blood Clot – EMA Affirms



The safety committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has found that the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine can cause unusual blood clots with low blood platelets, but stresses the overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing coronavirus outweigh the risks of side effects.

“EMA is reminding healthcare professionals and people receiving the vaccine to remain aware of the possibility of very rare cases of blood clots combined with low levels of blood platelets occurring within 2 weeks of vaccination,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

“So far, most of the cases reported have occurred in women under 60 years of age within 2 weeks of vaccination. Based on the currently available evidence, specific risk factors have not been confirmed.”

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No Reason To Stop Using AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine – WHO



The World Health Organization said Friday there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine after several European countries suspended the roll-out over blood clot fears.

The WHO said its vaccines advisory committee was currently looking at safety data and stressed that no causal link had been established between the vaccine and clotting.

Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Italy and Romania postponed or limited the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines after isolated reports of recipients developing blood clots.

“AstraZeneca is an excellent vaccine, as are the other vaccines that are being used,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters at a briefing in Geneva.

“We’ve reviewed the data on deaths. There has been no death, to date, proven to have be caused by vaccination,” she said.

“Yes, we should continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine,” she added, stressing though that “any safety signal must be investigated.”

“We must always ensure that we look for any safety signals when we roll out vaccines, and we must review them,” she said.

“But there is no indication to not use it.”

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