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Daily COVID Tracker: NCDC records 30 cases — but zero deaths in five days


Nigeria on Sunday recorded 30 cases of COVID-19. Here are five updates about the pandemic this Monday. 

South Africa reimpose COVID-19 restrictions amid fear of third wave

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reimposed COVID-19 restrictions to slow down the spread of the virus amid the fear of a third wave.

The restrictions which start on Monday will force non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars and fitness centres to close by 10pm while curfew will begin at 11pm and end at 4am local time.

All gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors and 250 people outdoors.

Ramaphosa said Johannesburg and Pretoria, are already battling the third wave of infections.

“It may only be a matter of time before the country as a whole will have entered the third wave,” he said.

“Delaying the spread of the virus is especially important now to allow as many people as possible to be vaccinated before the third wave reaches its peak.”

UK may make COVID-19 vaccine compulsory in healthcare

Nadhim Zahawi, UK vaccine minister, says the government is considering making COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers to limit the spread in hospitals, according to Sky news.

“It would be incumbent on any responsible government to have the debate, to do the thinking as to how we go about protecting the most vulnerable by making sure that those who look after them are vaccinated,” Zahawi said.

“There is precedent for this; obviously surgeons get vaccinated for hepatitis B. So it’s something that we are absolutely thinking about.”

Nigeria records 30 COVID cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 30 people tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

The latest positive samples of COVID-19 were recorded in three states, according to the agency’s update for May 30, 2021.

States that reported new infections are Lagos (26), Rivers (3) and Kwara (1).

The agency also confirmed that one patient was discharged on Sunday after recovering from the infection,raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 156,558.

However, no new death was recorded on Sunday, leaving the coronavirus fatality toll at 2,071.

A total of 166,315 infections have now been confirmed across 36 states and the FCT.

Malaysia to allow manufacturing sectors to run during COVID lockdown

Malaysia says most parts of it manufacturing sector will be allowed to operate but with limited number of workforce during the COVID lockdown that will be imposed from Tuesday.

Following the spike in infections in the country, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a lockdown to run from June 1 to 14.

The manufacturing sectors that will be allowed to operate include those producing personal protective equipment, electrical and electronics, oil and gas, petrochemicals, and chemical products, food and beverages.

Buhari receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Abuja.

Buhari had received the first dose of the vaccine on March 6.

COVID-19 IN NIGERIA 

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