Nigeria Records 576 New COVID-19 Cases


Nigeria has recorded 576 new COVID-19 cases, putting the country’s total virus load at 37,801.

In a tweet via its verified handle, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, shows 15,677 discharged cases and 805 deaths.

Lagos, the country’s virus epicentre, reported the highest number of new cases with 88 and Kwara came second with 87, with the FCT third with 82.

Other states with new cases include Plateau (62), Ondo (39), Enugu (28), Oyo (26), Taraba (24), Kaduna (20), Ebonyi (20), Edo (17), Cross River (16), Kano (14), Rivers (11), Ogun (10), Delta (9), Nasarawa (8), Osun (8), Katsina (3), Imo (2), Kebbi (1), and Borno (1).

Vaccine Hopes

Meanwhile, a Chinese-made vaccine against the new coronavirus entered the final stage of testing on Tuesday in Brazil, where volunteers received the first doses of what officials hope will be a game-changer in the pandemic.

The vaccine, developed by private Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac, became the third in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval.