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Covid-19: Coronavirus in Italy since September 2019 – Researchers

A new study suggests that the Coronavirus may have spread from China to other parts of the world earlier than previously thought.

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A team of researchers at Italy’s National Cancer Institute (INT) revealed that the coronavirus may have been in Italy long before the World Health Organization announced the virus in December 2019.

This was disclosed in a Reuters report on Sunday evening. Italy officially reported its first case in the Lombardy region on the 21st of February.

Italian researchers disclosed that 11.6% in a lung cancer screening trial between September 2019- March 2020 already had covid-19 antibodies before February.

The Institute said Italy’s Lombardy region had reported higher than normal cases of flu and pneumonia in the 4th quarter of 2019, which are symptoms of the virus and a sign that the virus may have been in Europe before the WHO announced the news of the disease to the world.

“A further specific SARS-CoV-2 antibodies test was carried out by the University of Siena for the same research titled “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the pre-pandemic period in Italy. 

“It showed that four cases dated back to the first week of October were also positive for antibodies neutralizing the virus, meaning they had got infected in September,” Giovanni Apolone, a co-author of the study told Reuters.

Researchers disclosed that trialists had developed no symptoms and also had antibodies able to kill the virus,

“It means that the new coronavirus can circulate among the population for long and with a low rate of lethality not because it is disappearing but only to surge again,” Apolone added.

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Covid-19: Nasarawa State vaccinates 45.88% of eligible population

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The Nasarawa State Government is the closest towards vaccinating 50% of its eligible population by the end of January 2022 as it has so far vaccinated 45.88% of its eligible population.

This was disclosed by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in a report on Tuesday.

Governors Abdullahu Sule (Nasarwawa) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa) were the top 2 ranked governors according to the index by the NPHCDA.

The ranking revealed that Nasarawa has vaccinated 45.88% of its eligible population, followed by Jigawa at 39.44%, Ogun at 18.17% and Oyo at 14.73%.

Lagos State so far has only vaccinated 8.19% of its eligible population, the FCT at 4.71.

the 3 worst ranked states are Imo(1.35%), Akwa Ibom (1.25%) and Bayelsa (0.91%)

The NPHCDA also revealed that Kano State leads with Booster shots at 34,752 so far.

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FG denies banning passengers without proof of Covid-19 vaccination

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied media reports alleging that the Federal Government through the agency has issued a directive banning travellers without proof of Covid-19 vaccination from travelling both local and international flights.

The aviation sector regulator said there was no iota of truth about such action which was allegedly supposed to take effect from December 1, 2021, and asked the general public to discountenance such news.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager Public Relations of NCAA, Mr Sam Adurogboye, on Thursday in Lagos, saying that no such directive emanated from the agency.

What the Spokesman of NCAA is saying in the statement

Adurogboye said, “We want to state categorically that no such directive emanated from the government through NCAA. Therefore, the Authority is calling on the public to discountenance such news as there is no iota of truth in it.

“On the other hand, we want to enjoin purveyors of such unfounded news to cross-check facts before publishing.’’

The general manager expressed NCAA’s continuous support for all government initiatives to curb the spread of the Delta variant.

He added, “However, we expect strict adherence to safety protocols in and out of the airports by wearing our facemask, washing our hands periodically, using alcohol-based hand sanitiser, maintaining social distance and avoiding crowded space.’’

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Nigeria records 253 covid-related deaths in September 2021, toll hits 2,721

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 19 new covid-19 related deaths across the country on 30th September 2021, taking the total deaths recorded in September to 253, and a total death toll from inception-to-date to 2,721.

This is according to daily data tracked from the website of the NCDC.

Also, a total of 8,638 new cases was registered by the agency in the month of September. The number of cases recorded in the review month represents a 53.4% reduction compared to 18,523 recorded in the previous month (August 2021). It is however, 39.5% higher than 6,190 recorded in July 2021.

The number of deaths recorded in the month is 20.9% lower than 320 recorded in the previous month, while it jumped by 772.4% compared to 29 recorded in the month of July 2021.

The number of deaths recorded in the month is 20.9% lower than 320 recorded in the previous month, while it jumped by 772.4% compared to 29 recorded in the month of July 2021.

Key highlights

  • A total of 14,631 patients were discharged in the review period, 6.5% higher than 13,744 patients recorded in the previous month.
  • The number of active cases as of the time of writing this article stood at 9,427, which is lower than 11,203 admitted patients as of the beginning of the month.
  • Nigeria has recorded 111,589 new cases of the pandemic year-to-date, and 1,430 deaths in the same period.
  • It is worth noting that a total of 3.04 million tests have been carried out in Nigeria from inception to date.
  • Nigeria ranks 9th in Africa, for countries with highest number of cases, behind the likes of Zambia (209,046), Kenya (249,434), and Egypt (304,524), while South Africa stands in top with 2.9 million cases.

In terms of states with highest cases to date, Lagos State tops the list with 76,734 cases followed by the federal capital territory with 21,999, River State (12,160), Kaduna (9,646), and Plateau State with 9,401.

In the same vein, Lagos State has also recorded the highest number of deaths with 664, solely accounting for 24% of the total covid-related deaths recorded in the country.

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