The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 100 new cases of COVID-19 in 8 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This brings the total number of recorded cases so far to 164,588.
The public health agency made this known in a post on its verified Facebook page on Thursday night.
NCDC also discharged 21 patients from its isolation Centre in Bayelsa State.
So far, the country has registered 154,578 recoveries while 2,061 patients have died.
The report reads: “100 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Today’s report includes:
“Data from Taraba state recorded between the 11th and 21st of April, 2021
“21 community recoveries in Bayelsa State managed in line with guidelines”.
Covid-19: Moscow Becomes The First City To Force Vaccination On Citizens
Moscow has become the first city in the world to make vaccination against coronavirus compulsory not just for healthcare workers, but for employees in a range of public-facing industries, including catering, transport and museums.
Officials in the Russian capital published the order on Wednesday, citing concerns over the worsening local epidemiological situation. Describing the spread of Covid-19 as “unfavorable,” the city’s top sanitary doctor, Elena Andreeva, warned that “there is an increase in the number of people who actively visit public places while sick,” attending venues and using mass transit systems.
As a result, 60% of workers in selected businesses and organizations will be required to be immunized. Sectors singled out include transport, food and beverage businesses, banks, as well as those working in beauty salons, theaters, museums, fitness clubs, spas, and massage parlors.
In a statement issued at the same time, the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, said that officials had seen a “dramatic” worsening in the situation. “Ultimately, it’s up to everyone to get vaccinated or not,” he said. “You can protect yourself or hope that everything will work out… This is a personal matter… as long as you sit at home or in the country.”
“But when you go out into public places and come into contact with other people, willingly or unwillingly, you become an accomplice of the epidemiological process. This is the chain link for the spread of a dangerous virus,” the mayor said.
“Moreover, if you work in an organization that serves a large circle of people, then in a pandemic it is definitely not only your own business, no matter what personal protective equipment you use,” Sobyanin added.
Around 1 in 10 Muscovites are estimated to have had both shots of the vaccine so far, statistics say. However, skepticism and distrust are thought to have limited the number of people booking appointments, despite the widespread availability of vaccines.
Speaking last week, President Vladimir Putin sought to reassure Russians, saying “not a single serious case of complications” has occurred during the nationwide roll-out of the vaccine. “There is nothing to be afraid of here.”
However, the Kremlin sought to downplay suggestions that the move amounts to a policy of forced vaccination, with Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying that compulsory immunization isn’t even a question to be considered. Instead, it appears that the rule change simply regulates how many unvaccinated employees can work in selected industries.
The move will raise questions over whether staff will be pressured into receiving a shot, and what can be considered mandatory vaccination. On Wednesday, the UK introduced compulsory vaccines for care home workers caring for old and vulnerable people. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told reporters that “we need to make sure we get the balance right but I’m sure people appreciate that protecting lives is the absolute priority.”
Sobyanin introduced a curfew on Moscow’s nightlife this week and four days of paid holiday for workers in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. Cases have spiked across Russia, with the number of positive tests rising from a consistent plateau of around 8,000 each day to over 14,000 on Tuesday.
COVID-19: FG places USA, Canada, South Africa, 11 others on watch list
The Federal government has placed 14 countries on watch list as part of measures to prevent a possible spread of the new COVID-19 variant.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who made this known via his Twitter account on Wednesday, said the measure became necessary following the discovery of variants from banned countries within the country.
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“The affected countries are Canada, USA, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
“Nigerians returning from lesser hajj would have to undergo a compulsory seven-day self-isolation.
“The state will not hesitate to prosecute anyone, irrespective of status, who fails to comply with the directive.
“The state has, however, developed a five-pillar strategy for curbing a potential third wave in Lagos.
“These include ensuring that all travelers carry out COVID-19 tests while we also introduce PCR tests to determine variants and mandatory seven-day quarantine,” he said.
Rivers government recalls civil servants to work after COVID-19 shutdown
The Rivers State Government has directed civil servants from grade level 1 to 13 who have been at home since January due to the second wave of COVID-19 to resume work from Thursday, April 29, 2021.
The directive was contained in a circular issued on Wednesday, April 28, by the Rivers State Head of Service, Rufus Godwin.
The circular directed all affected civil servants to strictly comply with all COVID-19 protocols by observing social distance and wearing face masks.
The Head of Service also directed all Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra Ministerial Offices to monitor and ensure compliance with the directive.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike had on January 20, 2021 ordered public workers from grade level 1 to 13 to work from home except those on essential duties.
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