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COVID-19: WHO presents disturbing report as global cases surge 

The previous WHO daily record for new cases was 237,743 on Friday.

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The World Health Organization (WHO), presented a disturbing report as it announced an increase in the global coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, with the total rising by 259,848 in 24 hours.  

The biggest increases reported on Saturday were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. The previous WHO daily record for new cases was 237,743 on Friday. Deaths rose by 7,360, the biggest single-day increase since May 10. Deaths have been averaging 4,800 a day in July, up slightly from an average of 4,600 a day in June. 

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According to Reuters, the coronavirus disease hit another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed almost 600,000 people in 7 months, as the total global cases of the virus have gone past 14 million. 

The number of reported new cases for the top 4 countries as reported by WHO are 71,484 new cases for the United States, 45,403 for Brazil, 34,884 for India and 13,373 for South Africa. 

India on Friday became the third country globally to record over 1 million cases of the new coronavirus, only behind the likes of the United States and Brazil. Experts have also suggested that it could get worse for India as the country is still likely months away from hitting its peak. 

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Brazil has seen its number of reported cases cross the 2 million mark as of Thursday, doubling in less than a month and adding an average of nearly 40,000 new cases a day. Disjointed responses from state and city have been quite poor in Brazil in the absence of a tightly coordinated policy from the federal government. 

The United States, which leads the world with over 3.7 million cases, has also tried to contain the outbreak at the state and local levels with only limited success. 

It can be recalled that the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, had warned of a resurgence of the coronavirus disease globally particularly from countries that have eased lockdown and restrictions. He said that these countries are not following proven methods to reduce the risks of contracting the virus. 

He also pointed out that too many countries are headed in the wrong direction and expressed his fears that it is going to get worse and worse. 

 

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.

The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.

According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.

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He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.

”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”

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Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.

He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.

Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.

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Update: President Buhari, VP Osinbajo get COVID-19 vaccine shots

President Buhari and VP Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday at the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari and VP, who received his COVID-19 vaccine shot on Live TV broadcast, urged Nigerians to emulate him and do the same to curb the pandemic in the most populous black nation.

 

Both were administered their jabs, on Saturday morning, at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja at a ceremony broadcast live on national television.

Their inoculation followed their e-registration and filling out of their vaccination cards by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib.

Vaccination of Buhari was done by Chief Personal Physician to the President, Dr Suhayb Rafindadi.

Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr Nicholas Audifferen.

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