BREAKING: COVID-19 Vaccines Land in Nigeria + PHOTOS

  How first tranche of 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine was shipped into Nigeria   The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccines have arrived Nigeria. The vaccines arrived around noon on Tuesday, via an Emirates Aitlines. The Platforms Africa has earlier reported that Nigeria was expecting four million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. COVAX shipped 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, arrived from Mumbai to Abuja around 11.30 am. “Nigeria has just received the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID—19 vaccine,” presidential aide Bashir Ahmad tweeted. According…

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Nigeria declares Kogi, State heads by COVID-19 denier, as High risk Area

  Governor of Kogi, a transit point and confluence state, Yahaya Bello, who did not only deny the existence of COVID-19 but also warned his citizens against being vaccinated, is being tipped by followers to vie as next President of Nigeria   The Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has declared one of the 36 states in the country, Kogi, a high-risk state for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the disease. The PTF also said that the Kogi government had failed to report testing, lacked isolation centers and therefore…

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Nigeria suffers five fresh COVID-19 Deaths, 1,074 Cases in 24 hours

  Nigeria opened 2021 on a high COVID-19 count, as for the third consecutive day, more than 1,000 new positive samples and five deaths were recorded on Friday. The new cases, which were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), were recorded in 14 states and the federal capital territory in the country’s COVID-19 update for January 1, 2021. Lagos alone had more than half the total number of infections recorded on Friday with 642 new positive samples. After Lagos was Kaduna with 92 new cases, followed by…

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COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria hit 1,231, cases now 79,789

  Nigeria has recorded four fatalities with a total of 999 new cases of the deadly COVID-19, making the total of infected cases rise to 79,789, the number of deaths to hit 1,231. This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its daily update on Tuesday night. According to the centre, the tests of 999 suspected cases came back positive. While 396 patients were discharged, 4 new fatalities were recorded. The NCDC added that the discharges included 254 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line…

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Confusion as Nigeria announces highest COVID-19 figures in 9 days

  . Lagos Tops With 142 Infections As NCDC Confirms 236 New Cases The COVID-19 infection figures in Nigeria have started rising again as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) latest data showed 236 new coronavirus infections, highest in nine days. The figures, which have started to cause confusion and raise questions about whether the second wave of the infection has begun, are from 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The agency confirmed the new positive samples in its update for November 18, 2020. Wednesday’s figure is…

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COVID-19: Foreign airliners get nod to airlift 25, 200 passengers into Nigeria per week

  The Nigerian Government has increased seats on the flights of international airlines flying into the country to 25, 200 passengers per week. The Nigeria’s airspace, it would be recalled, was shutdown after an Italian, the index case of COVID-19, was airlifted into the country seven months ago. The increase in number of passengers now allowed into Nigeria represents a 200 passengers per aircraft operating into the two designated airports, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Captain Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian…

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Curve Flattening, Government declares

The Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on the control of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in the country has said that the nation was flattening the curve of the disease considering the consistent drop in number of reported cases in the country. This came as the body appealed to the striking Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to shelve its strike as the country would not afford the consequences particularly at the face of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. The PTF also urged the electorates billed to perform their civil responsibilities of voting at the…

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Nigerian Health workers’ union declares nationwide strike

The Joint Health Workers Union has asked its members to withdraw their services and embark on a nationwide strike starting from midnight on Sunday (today, September 13, 2020). The decision, the union said, was reached after its National Executive Council meeting held on Saturday. The decision to go on strike was contained in a letter on Sunday to the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige. It reads; “Dear Sir, RE: NOTICE OF 15-DAY ULTIMATUM/OUTCOME OF JOHESU EXPANDED NEC MEETING. “You would recall that at the end of…

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Nigerian Doctors Suspend Strike, confirm government’s N8.9bn COVID-19 allowance payment approval

  The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has suspended its ongoing nationwide strike, which it commenced on September 7, 2020. The group also confirmed that the government has approved the release of 8.9 billion naira to offset the outstanding balance of April/May and June COVID-19 hazard inducement allowance to all health workers, noting that the decision of the government to determine revised hazard allowance as soon as possible. A communique, signed after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting by President of NARD Dr. Aliyu Sokomba and other key officials…

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Nigeria’s 16,000 Striking Doctors, others received N20bn COVID-19 Allowances before strike, Says Minister

The 16,000 doctors who have started a strike in Nigeria have, together with other health workers, being paid up to N20 billion COVID-19 inducement allowances, country’s Junior Health minister, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has declared. Mamora who said this on a Channels Television‘s programme, Sunrise Daily, monitored by Platforms Africa in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, however did not give the full breakdown of the payment. It would be recalled that about 16,000 doctors in the West African biggest economy have downed tool over the government’s inability to meet their demands including insurance package, payment…

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