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Health News of Friday, 7 January 2022


25 died of coronavirus in five days - NCDC

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The Africa Centre for Disease Control, on Thursday, January 6, 2022, disclosed that Nigeria had experienced a 249 per cent increase in new deaths due to the Coronavirus just as a tally of epidemiological reports issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated that no fewer than 25 persons died in five days.

The Director of the Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, in a virtual press briefing, added that 547 million doses of vaccine had been procured by member states of the African Union, while 326 million had been administered.

“There has been an overall eight per cent average increase in new deaths reported in Africa. The breakdown of the deaths by most populous countries are as follows; Nigeria, 249 per cent average increase; Kenya, 215 per cent average increase; South Africa, 34 per cent average increase; and Ethiopia, 12 per cent average increase.

“To date, 547 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been procured by 54 member states; 326 million doses have been administered, which corresponds to 59.7 per cent of the total supply available in Africa.

“The following five countries have administered the most vaccine doses in Africa: Morocco, 50.6 million; Egypt, 48.7 million; South Africa, 28.2 million; Nigeria, 15.6 million; and that is just 38.3 per cent of the total supplies received; and Mozambique, with 15.5 million.

“The total number of J & J deliveries to 34 AU member states totals about 32.5 million doses,” he said.

As of January 1, 2022, Nigeria had reported 3,033 deaths, while the NCDC said the total number of deaths reported as of January 5, 2022, was 3,058, representing 25 new deaths.