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Gombe to start COVID-19 genetic sequencing

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The Gombe State Government said it planned to start genetic sequencing to ascertain the COVID-19 variants in the state.

The Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Manassah Jatau during the presentation of packs of facemasks to Muslim groups for the Eid-el Kabir celebration in Gombe said genetic sequencing would also help confirm if the Delta variant of the viral pandemic was in the state.

He stated that the items donated would help the groups towards ensuring that COVID-19 protocols are complied with.

“We urge religious and traditional leaders as well as the general public to be mindful of the potential for a wider spread of the COVID-19 virus during this period.

“We recommend the following preventive measures for a safe celebration, observance of physical distancing, proper use of facemasks in gatherings, frequent hand hygiene, and as much as possible, we want our people to minimise indoor and or large gatherings.” 

The coordinating committee on COVID-19 response felicitates with Muslim Ummah on the occasion of eid-el-Kabir celebrations. It is a period where believers all over the world congregate to offer supplication to Almighty Allah.

The 18 rapid response teams in the state are on standby to respond to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The State Incident Manager, who doubles as the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru said over 44 persons have so far died due to coronavirus-related cases, adding that the state is yet to commence genetic sequencing to know if there is Delta or otherwise.

He revealed that the state has also conducted over 53,225 tests since the beginning of the pandemic.

All those that have returned from either India, UK, and Brazil as they come we will visit them to do genetic sequencing.

“We have been testing but we have not been doing sequencing, genetic sequencing to know if there is Delta variant in the state.

“This is the beginning of the pandemic we have tested 53,225 and 2,0114 tested positive, 2,058 have been managed and discharged.

“At the moment we have 11 active cases but all the cases are managed at home because they have not presented any major symptom warranting admission into ICU or isolation centre.

“We have recorded 44 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Gombe,” Dahiru added.

READ ALSO: Eid-Prayers: Gombe State moves to control spread of Covid-19

 

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Gombe test 256 NYSC officials, 300 corps members for Covid-19

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256 NYSC officials managing activities at the Gombe State  Orientation Camp have been tested for COVID-19, while about 300 batch B Prospective Corps Members have already taken the COVID-19 test.

READ ALSO: NYSC deploys 50 health workers for medical support in Gombe

The Public Relations Officer and Head of Press, Gombe NYSC, Margaret Dakama, made this known, noting that the screening and registration exercise was going well.

According to the Gombe NYSC officials, none of those tested so far returned a positive COVID-19 result.

The three-week orientation exercise commenced on Tuesday in Amada, Akko Local Government Area in Gombe, and would last till August 16, 2021.

The expected number of prospective corps members in the camp is 1,750.

Dakama noted that the NYSC registration and screening process would continue till Friday. She however noted that “About 256 camp officials underwent the COVID 19 Rapid Diagnostic Test and 300 prospective Corps members.

The 300 corps members have been vaccinated. So far, no positive case. The registration will last till Friday 30th July, 2021,” Dakama noted.

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India reports 29,689 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since March

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India has reported 29,689 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily rise since March 17, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

India’s total of 31.44 million infections now ranks second only to the United States.

READ ALSO: Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million

 

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COVID-19: Global cases hit 193,687,980

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The novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,156,164 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019.

READ ALSO: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 75 million

This was according to  statistic from the official sources on Sunday.

At least 193,687,980 cases of coronavirus have been registered. The vast majority have recovered, though some have continued to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

The figures are based on daily reports provided by health authorities in each country. They exclude revisions made by other statistical organisations, which show that the number of deaths is much higher.

The World Health Organisation estimates that the pandemic’s overall toll could be two to three times higher than official records, due to the excess mortality that is directly and indirectly linked to COVID-19.

A large number of the less severe or asymptomatic cases also remain undetected, despite intensified testing in many countries.

On Saturday, 8,471 new deaths and 525,589 new cases were recorded worldwide.

Based on the latest reports, the countries with the highest figures for new deaths were Indonesia with 1,266 new deaths, followed by Brazil with 1,108 and Russia with 779.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 610,850 deaths from 34,430,608 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 549,448 deaths from 19,670,534 cases, India with 420,551 deaths from 31,371,901 cases, Mexico with 238,316 deaths from 2,741,983 cases, and Peru with 195,795 deaths from 2,102,904 cases.

The country with the highest number of deaths compared to its population is Peru with 594 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Hungary with 311, Bosnia-Herzegovina with 295, the Czech Republic with 283, and the Republic of North Macedonia with 263.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 1,356,077 deaths from 40,176,616 cases, Europe 1,194,431 deaths from 57,396,849 infections, and Asia 646,037 deaths from 43,599,224 cases.

The United States And Canada has reported 637,394 deaths from 35,856,595 cases, Africa 163,675 deaths from 6,443,764 cases, Middle East 157,239 deaths from 10,139,499 cases, and Oceania 1,311 deaths from 75,442 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

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India reports 39,742 new COVID-19 cases

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India has reported 39,742 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a government statement said on Sunday.

The COVID-19 death toll rose by 535 deaths in the last 24 hours, with the total reaching 420,551, health ministry data showed.

READ ALSO: India records first human death from bird flu

 

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Covid-19: Nigeria confirms 272 new cases

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The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 272 new cases of Covid-19 on the 24th of July,2021.

Till date, 170895 cases have been confirmed, 164788 cases have been discharged and 2132 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 272 new cases are reported from 9 states- Lagos (182), Rivers (34), Ondo(24), Oyo (10), Abia (7), Ogun (7), Ekiti (5), Delta (2), and Plateau(1)

A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC)   activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities according to the NCDC website.

 

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