Daily COVID Tracker: Infections rise as NCDC registers 91 cases in seven states

Nigeria recorded 91 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Here are five updates on the pandemic this Wednesday.

Sultan asks traditional rulers to mobilize people to get vaccinated

Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, called on traditional leaders to use their position to mobilize people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Abubakar said this during the 2021 second quarter review meeting of the Northern Traditional Chiefs Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC).

Represented by Samaila Muhammad, Emir of Argungu, the Sultan congratulated the traditional leaders, adding that more work needs to be done to mobilize people to receive the vaccine.

“As a committee, we will continue to work diligently to mobilize the population to accept the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise,” he said.

“The committee has played a very important role in the fight against polio, we must replicate this effort in the task that lies ahead.

“I am encouraged by the roles already played by some traditional leaders, especially those who have come forward publicly for immunization.

“It is a good example and a good message to the people and such images can be used to massively mobilize the population to participate in the exercise.”

WHO warns against lifting COVID restriction too soon

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments around the world to be cautious about lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

Mike Ryan, WHO emergency expert, has warned that a new wave of infections could be triggered if governments do not take the necessary precautionary measures.

“All of the countries in the Americas, we still have almost a million cases per week,” Ryan said.

He added that it is the same in “Europe… with half a million cases per week. It’s not like this thing is gone. It is not finished “.

COVAX negotiates with new COVID vaccine suppliers

COVAX, the global COVID-19 alliance, says it expects to have 1.9 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines with 1.5 billion allocated to poor countries by the end of 2021.

Aurelia Nguyen, CEO of COVAX, revealed this Tuesday during a meeting with the WHO.

COVAX, which is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and GAVI Alliance, suffered setbacks in its COVID vaccine distribution exercise after the Serum Institute of India, its main supplier, suspended shipping due to of the spike in infections in India.

Nigeria records 91 COVID cases – but no deaths

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections on Monday.

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 91 new cases of COVID-19.

According to the agency’s update for July 6, the new cases have been confirmed in seven states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Lagos, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria, has reported 66 cases, followed by Kwara with 12 cases and Rivers with four infections.

Other states include Kaduna (3), Oyo (3), Ekiti (1), FCT (1) and Plateau (1).

The agency said the data reported for Kaduna was as of July 5.

No deaths were recorded on Tuesday and the total number of deaths remains at 2,122.

Five patients were discharged from the hospital after recovering from the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries to 164,405.

Since the first case of COVID-19 in February 2020, 168,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, while 1,473 patients are currently receiving treatment.

Japan to launch infectious disease database to fight COVID-19

The Japanese government is set to launch an infectious disease database before the end of July with the initial plan to collect data on 10,000 COVID-19 patients in March 2022.

The project will help the government collect blood and saliva samples as well as treatment records from COVID-19 patients to make them available to companies and universities researching respiratory disease.

The project will allow researchers to understand what type of people tend to develop severe symptoms of COVID-19.

“It is very important for the state to take the initiative to continuously operate the database from a national security perspective,” said Wataru Sugiura, director of the Center for Clinical Sciences at the National Center for Global Health. and Medicine.

“There is also a need to train people who can conduct research using the data collected. “