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Day: 13 January 2021

COVID-19 infects 20 doctors in Kwara

COVID-19 infects 20 doctors in Kwara

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  At least 20 doctors have been infected with COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, an official has said. President of UITH chapter of Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Badmus Habeeb disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ilorin. He said that members of the association were battling with the pandemic based on available resources. “About 20 of our members have been infected with the virus in the past two to three weeks.COV “I must reiterate that this is not the best of times for us, our families and the affected patients,” he said. Habeeb, however, said that the discovery of COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope and relief to the people. “There is a poor resource setting in the country, where basic nece
WHO working with China’s COVID-19 vaccine producers

WHO working with China’s COVID-19 vaccine producers

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The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Ghebreyesus has said that a WHO team in China is working with producers of China’s COVID-19 vaccines for potential emergency use listings. “I’m pleased that a WHO team is in China currently working with producers of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. ”They are assessing compliance with international quality manufacturing practices ahead of potential emergency use listing by WHO,” Tedros said at a media briefing. He noted that WHO continues to ask vaccine manufacturers from around the world to move swiftly to provide necessary data. According to him, that will allow the organization to consider them for emergency use listings. “While we are hopeful about the safe and effective vaccines that are being rolled out, we
Covid: 2020 Saw Most Excess Deaths Since World War Two

Covid: 2020 Saw Most Excess Deaths Since World War Two

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There were close to 697,000 deaths in 2020 - nearly 85,000 more than would be expected based on the average in the previous five years. This represents an increase of 14% - making it the largest rise in excess deaths for more than 75 years. When the age and size of the population is taken into account, 2020 saw the worst death rates since the 2000s. This measure - known as age-standardised mortality - takes into account population growth and age. The data is only available until November - so the impact of deaths in December have not yet been taken into account - but it shows the death rate at that stage was at its highest in England since 2008.   The data on deaths can be confusing. On one hand, excess deaths are at their highest since World War Two, while on...