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Day: 11 January 2021

COVID-19: Infections in Nigeria surpass 100,000

COVID-19: Infections in Nigeria surpass 100,000

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria surpassed 100,000 on Jan.10 after 1,024 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of infections to 100,087. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed on its verified website on Sunday. The NCDC regrettably reported eight additional COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country. The agency said the total number of deaths was now 1,358 and the case fatality rate was 1.5 per cent in the country. ”Abia-11, Adamawa-27, Akwa-Ibom-9, Anambra-19, Bauchi-17, Bayelsa-21, Benue-11, Borno-36, Cross River-12, Delta-52, Ebonyi-30, Edo-119, Ekiti-7, Enugu-21, FCT-107, Gombe-38, Imo -17 and Jigawa-55. ”Kaduna-55, Kano-70, Katsina-27, Kebbi-13, Kogi-2, Kwara -31, Lagos-256, Nassarawa-13, Niger -13, Ogun -35
Mothers may transmit cancer to newborns during childbirth –Study

Mothers may transmit cancer to newborns during childbirth –Study

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  Newborns can contract cancer from their mothers during delivery, a new study carried out in Japan has revealed. The finding, which was reported on January 7, in the peer-reviewed, New England Journal of Medicine, noted that newborns can breathe in cancer cells from their mothers’ tumours while being born vaginally. The researchers suggested that pregnant women with cervical cancer should consider having a caesarean section, to avoid the risk of such occurrence. However, Founder, Children Living with Cancer Foundation, Dr. Nneka Nwobbi, said cancer genes can be inherited. She explained that newborns can have cancer because it is in their genes, not that they got infected with it by their mothers. Speaking in an interview PUNCH Healthwise, Nwobbi noted that cance
Prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for health workers, WHO urges nations

Prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for health workers, WHO urges nations

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  The World Health Organisation has urged countries to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for health workers to show appreciation for their contributions to the fight against the viral pandemic. According to the global health body, efforts to contain the disease will also be helped if health workers at the forefront fighting the viral pandemic are prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine. The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the call on Sunday. Speaking via a tweet posted on the official Twitter handle of the Global health body @WHO, he said, “Let’s show our respect & appreciation for health & care workers by protecting each other & vaccinating ALL #healthworkers EVERYWHERE now”. The WHO chief also reiterated t
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK

Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is "excellent news" that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. It is made by US company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS. The UK has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine - 10 million more than planned - but supplies are not expected to arrive until spring. It is the last Covid vaccine with final trial data published. There are hundreds still in development, with some expected to report findings in the near future. Around 1.5 million people in the UK have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine so far, with either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines already approved by UK regulators. ...