The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has revealed that Nigeria may experience a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
He made this known at the media briefing with reporters organized by the National Youth Service Corps on Monday.
Ihekweazu said the country must continue to abide by the protocols and guidelines developed to avoid a second wave of the virus. Warning that the virus was still around and more dangerous despite the drop in recorded cases.
The Lagos State Government has confirmed COVID-19 cases in a secondary boarding school on the mainland.
This was made known according to a report by Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Friday night, after a member of the school’s staff tested positive for COVID-19 on November 2.
Contact tracing has revealed that a student and four contacts of the staff member are positive for COVID-19. The staff member fell ill for a few days and received first aid at the school clinic. She subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday 2nd of November at the Lagos State Biobank. The Lagos State COVID-19 Incident Command System through the Emergency Operation Centre is investigating the incident, and we would like to assure members of the public and stakeholders of the school that the situation is completely under control. All parents are being contacted first through the PTA and a family zoom call is being arranged to further allay their fears. It is important to note that COVID-19 presents with very mild symptoms in children and teenagers, compared to other age groups. However, there is the risk of infected children transmitting the disease to adults who they interact with daily, and who may be at higher risk of severe disease and death. The school authorities, supported by Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Ministry of Education, are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government. Students who test positive are to be isolated in the school premises and, if unwell, will be admitted to one of the accredited isolation centers in Lagos. Students are discouraged from going home to avoid infecting members of their families,” he stated.
As a result of non-adherence to safety protocols against the spread of COVID-19 in Anambra state, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) made it known on Sunday that it impounded 8,345 commercial buses in the state.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Andrew Kumapayi, stated that in Awka about 962 rickety trucks were also impounded between January and August.
Adding that the arrests were made during the joint operations of the FRSC and the Anambra State Ministry of Transport.
Recall that following the lifting of the ban on interstate travels by the Federal Government, commercial transport operators were urged to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols to curb the spread of the disease.
Geofrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister has disclosed that he has recovered from coronavirus after three-week of isolation.
He made this known via a tweet on Wednesday morning.
“By the very special grace of God my latest #COVID19 test result came back NEGATIVE after three weeks isolation. I am eternally grateful to my family, the C-in-C and VP, the medical team, relations, friends, colleagues, religious leaders and numerous well-wishers, who through their care, prayers, fasting, messages of support and encouragement never let me walk alone,” the tweet read.
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed via a tweet on his official Twitter handle that he has recovered from Coronavirus after testing negative for the disease.
“After 11 days in isolation, I received news that my COVID-19 repeat test came back negative. My sincere gratitude goes to God Almighty, my family, my medical team, and all well-wishers for the prayers and solidarity. We must continue to do all we can to tackle the pandemic.”
Mozambican health authorities have revealed that there are 48 coronavirus cases in the diaspora.
Rosa Marlene, the national director of public health, disclosed that the new cases were reported last week.
Although, two Mozambicans living in South Africa were said to have recovered from the virus. It was also revealed that 18 people have recovered in the diaspora in total. Six people have died from the virus, and there are 24 active cases.
Marlene noted that the latest information was from the foreign affairs ministry. She further urged those in the diaspora to follow the measures put in place by local governments in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Lagos State Government has released a statement in order to clarify the misgivings that have trailed a disclosure made by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on the amount the state government spends on the treatment of Covid-19 patients in critical conditions, which a section of the media sensationally put at N1 Million per day.
The statement which was released by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, clarified what the state spends on the treatment of Coronavirus patients in various isolation centres in the state.
“Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, addressed a press conference at which he spoke on several facets of the state’s response to Covid-19. After the conference, he took questions. It has become evident from the subsequent reporting of the Honourable Commissioner’s comments and answers that there are misunderstandings that require clarification and correction. The areas that were insufficiently appreciated and incorrectly portrayed by some members of the press are the perceived inefficiencies in testing and reporting protocols and the cost of caring for patients in our isolation centres. On testing protocols, the number of tests being conducted presently, when compared to what we did in the early stages of the pandemic, has shown incredibly significant growth. Alongside, that has come with certain challenges. We are not where we want to be, but it would be unfair not to acknowledge the tremendous progress that has been made by the State. With rapid growth are some glitches, which we recognise and are striving to overcome. While we commend the role of the press in probing into the application of public funds, we look up to them to be balanced and accurate in their reporting. It is clear that N1,000,000 sounds more sensational than N100,000, but we must not allow sincerity to be sacrificed on the altar of sensationalism. What the Honourable Commissioner sought to communicate was the range of symptom manifestations of the Coronavirus – from mild and moderate to severe and critical. He explained that the cost of treating these manifestations vary, considerably,” the statement read.
Health authorities in Uganda disclosed they have confirmed the second death from the coronavirus in the country.
It was gathered that the deceased who died at a hospital on Friday after exhibiting symptoms of the deadly coronavirus was an 80-year-old woman from a densely populated informal settlement in the capital, Kampala.
It was later confirmed in a postmortem by the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Makerere University that she had died of coronavirus.
The health ministry disclosed that they have began contact tracing for whoever might have been in contact with her.
The office of Brazilian President announced on Wednesday that PresidentJair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for the new coronavirus,
President Bolonaro’s two-week quarantine has been extended and upcoming travel plans are suspended
The far-right leader, who has faced criticism for downplaying the pandemic and flouting social distancing measures, has been in self-isolation in the presidential palace in Brasilia since first testing positive for the virus on July 7.
“President Jair Bolsonaro’s health continues to improve, under the treatment of the presidential medical team
A (new coronavirus) test carried out yesterday on the president came back positive,” his office statement read.
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
Onyeama, who doubles as a member of a presidential task force on Covid-19 announced in a tweet on Sunday that he would be isolating at a health facility.
‘’Did my fourth Covid-19 test yesterday at the first sign of a throat irritation and unfortunately this time it came back positive. That is life! Win some, lose some. Heading for isolation in a health facility and praying for the best,’’ he said.