COVID-19: Nigeria records 479 new cases, eight deaths
Nigeria took delivery of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday
March 3, 20212 min readNew coronavirus cases in Nigeria have continued to hover between 300 and 600 in the past 11 days with 479 infections recorded on Tuesday.This is coming as Nigeria on Tuesday took delivery of nearly four million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to the country in batches over the next few months. The vaccines are being provided by COVAX, an unprecedented global effort to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Upon arrival, samples were handed to NAFDAC, the Nigerian food and drug regulatory agency, for further examination. Vaccination will commence in the coming days, according to authorities.The 479 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 22 states. The figure is higher than the 360 reported in the previous 24-hour cycle and raised the total number of infections in the country to 156,496.
Nigeria recorded its lowest daily figure for new coronavirus infections in about six months with the 240 new cases reported on Sunday.With the relatively low number of new daily cases recorded in the past week, Nigeria’s response against the disease may have started paying off, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) country representative, Walter Mulomo. headtopics.com
DeathsNigeria on Tuesday also recorded eight deaths, the same figure reported in the previous 24-hour cycle.With the latest figure, the total fatality toll in the country is now 1,923.On Sunday, two deaths were recorded, the lowest daily fatality in over six months.Read more: Premium Times »