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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus: World records 50,000 deaths, over 1 million cases in five days

In less than five days, a million new coronavirus infections were confirmed across the globe, a milestone that not just reflects the pathogen’s devastating spread but also the upscale in testing. On Sunday, the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 cases across the world have crossed 20 million thresholds. The…

COVID 19: An Infograph showing latest coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s coronavirus infections exceed 48,000

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus infections have surpassed 48, 000. Thursday’s figure, 373, pushed the total infections in the West African nation to 48, 116. Nigeria has continued to report less than 500 daily coronavirus infections for the past three weeks. But despite the continued decline in the daily figure of confirmed…

Coronavirus

Beyond Numbers (2): Profiling Nigerians who died from COVID-19 Outside the Country

As of Monday morning, about 888 Nigerians sickened by the coronavirus, have succumbed to the virus. But while figures of fatalities are piling in the homeland thus far, there is no official count of Nigerians in foreign countries dying of COVID-19 complications. Health officials say the death toll in the…

COVID-19: Map showing countries with Coronavirus cases. [Photo: The Conversation)

COVID-19: 24 countries without any fatalities

Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, more than 20 million people have been infected across the world, data from worldometers.info revealed. The new coronavirus disease said to have emanated from a local Wuhan market in China last December has spread to over 200 countries and has claimed over 750,000 lives.…

COVID 19: An Infograph showing latest coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

Coronavirus: Nigeria records 453 new cases, zero deaths on Wednesday

A total of 453 coronavirus cases were recorded in Nigeria on Wednesday. That brought to 47,743, the total number of infections recorded in the West African nation. No deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, making the fatality to remain at 956, the figure reached on Tuesday after six…

JAMB Colloquium

Five takeaways from Virtual Colloquium on contentious COVID-19 measures

Is washing the hand with water and soap better than using hand sanitizers and gels? How safe and effective are disinfectant tunnels? These were some interesting questions that sprung heated arguments during the virtual colloquium aimed at debating divergent opinions on measures adopted by relevant authorities to curb the spread…

Infograph showing the cases of Coronavirus across Nigeria as at 11th Aug, 2020

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases surpass 47, 000

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus infections have surpassed 47, 000. Tuesday’s figure, 423, pushed the total infections in the West African nation to 47,290. The number of cases in Nigeria crossed 46, 000 total infections on Saturday. Nigeria has continued to report less than 500 daily coronavirus infections for nearly three weeks.…

A man is being tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria [PHOTO: TW: @NCDCgov]

LIVE UPDATES: JAMB, NDA, PREMIUM TIMES hold colloquium on measures against COVID-19

A virtual colloquium aimed at debating divergent opinions on measures adopted by relevant authorities to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria is starting today by 10:00 a.m. Organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in collaboration with the Nigerian Defence Academy and PREMIUM TIMES, the virtual event…

Infograph showing the cases of Coronavirus across Nigeria as at 10th Aug, 2020

COVID-19: Nigeria records 290 new cases, second lowest figure since June

Nigeria on Monday recorded 290 new coronavirus infections, the second lowest daily figure since June 8. Five deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, pushing the total number of deaths to 950. Monday’s figure is slightly higher than the 288 daily cases recorded exactly one week ago. Nigeria has…

World Health Organisation Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus and Head of WHO’s Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness division, Sylvie Briand, at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

Global coronavirus infections surpass 20 million

Seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, more than 20 million people have been infected across the world, data from worldometers.info has revealed. COVID19, the potentially dangerous pneumonia-like disease caused by the coronavirus and said to have emanated from a local Wuhan market to spread to over 200 countries, have also…

COVID-19: An infograph showing the recent numbers or coronavirus patients in Nigeria.

Lagos tops as Nigeria records 437 new coronavirus cases

Lagos State recorded 107 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the highest of the total 437 new infections recorded across Nigeria in the last 24 hours. Plateau State and Abuja had the highest daily infections on Friday and Saturday respectively. According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, a…

Testing for COVID-19. Photo: Banque Africaine de Developpement

How African countries most affected by COVID-19 cope as continent passes one million cases

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa located in Brazzaville, Congo, said over one million COVID-19 cases had been confirmed on the continent. Despite crossing the grim milestone, Africa is the least affected region so far, accounting for only about five per cent of global cases.…

Infograph showing the cases of Coronavirus across Nigeria as at 8th Aug, 2020

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases exceeds 46, 000

Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus infections has surpassed 46, 000. Saturday's figure, 453, is one of the lowest in the last eight days, bringing the total infections in West African nation to 46, 140. Nigeria has continued to report less than 500 daily coronavirus infections in the past one week, a sign…

Innocent Ujah

NMA speaks on violence at doctors’ elections in Enugu

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has condemned reported violent clashes during the chairmanship election of the Enugu chapter of the association. In a statement posted on the NMA official website, the association’s president, Innocent Ujah, said he had “gotten unverified reports of skirmishes during the conduct of elections in some…

Coronavirus Test Sample

Plateau highest as Nigeria records 443 new coronavirus Infections

In a trend that began last Friday, Nigeria has continued to report less than 500 daily coronavirus infections in the past one week. Prior to this, new coronavirus cases in the west African nation averaged 500 per day for the previous week. On Friday, 443 confirmed cases of the virus…

Map of AFrica

COVID-19: Nearly a million infected in Africa

Six months after Egypt reported Africa’s first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 14, about 996,018 people across the continent have been infected and over 21,000 have died, data from the African Center for Disease Control has revealed. Meanwhile, over 670, 000 have recovered from the virus in the continent.…

A woman breastfeeding her child. [PHOTO CREDIT: Mama Glow]

How COVID-19 threatens Nigeria’s exclusive breastfeeding target

Barely a month after she gave birth to her first daughter, Halima Ibrahim took ill in late February, about the same time Nigeria recorded its index case of COVID-19 in an Italian traveller. “I was diagnosed with typhoid fever and I think it affected the quality of my breast milk…

Recent coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

Coronavirus: Nigeria records 457 new cases, 17 deaths

For five consecutive days, Nigeria has continued to record daily coronavirus infections below 500. On Wednesday, 457 coronavirus infections were confirmed, two days after 288 cases - the lowest number since June 8 - were reported. The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 44,890,…

Covid-19 Laboratory test [PHOTO CREDIT: The Scientist Magazine]

COVID-19 death toll exceeds 700, 000 worldwide

Coronavirus deaths across the world have surpassed 700, 000, as cases continue to surge in countries yet to reach the peak of infections. According to worldometer.info, more than 18.7 million infections have been recorded and 705, 288 deaths as of the time of reporting. Nearly half the world's cases have…

Innocent Ujah

Profile: Innocent Ujah, Nigeria’s First-ever Virtually Elected Doctor’s President

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated Innocent Ujah who was elected as the new President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in an unprecedented virtual election, which held on May 30. The president also congratulated all the new executive members of the NMA for the zeal and diligence brought into…

OSIWA Donates Ambulance To Aid Yobe's COVID-19 Response

OSIWA Donates Ambulance To Aid Yobe’s COVID-19 Response

The Yobe State government has received a gift of a fully equipped ambulance to aid the state’s COVID-19 response strategy. The ambulance, which is expected to aid the pickup and protection of patients who have tested positive to the virus, was donated to the state by the Open Society Initiative…

Infograph showing the cases of Coronavirus across Nigeria as at 4th Aug, 2020

Nigeria records 14 new coronavirus deaths

Nigeria recorded 304 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has said. The agency said the figure, one of the lowest in the last two weeks, raised the total number of cases in the country to 44,433. Despite the recent decline, the number of deaths…

Infograph showing the cases of Coronavirus across Nigeria as at 3rd Aug, 2020

Coronavirus: Nigeria records lowest figure in nearly two months

Nigeria on Monday recorded 288 coronavirus infections, the lowest number since June 8. The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country to 44, 129, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Monday's figure is lower than those of the past four days, showing a…

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Coronavirus: Majority of infected Nigerians contracted virus from unknown sources – Report

Majority of Nigerians who contracted COVID-19 so far did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another individual with the virus, meaning that the origin of their infection is unknown. This is according to the coronavirus situation report for August published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)…

Sample coronavirus test [PHOTO: Euronews] hospital COVID-19

Coronavirus: Nigeria records 304 new cases, lowest in two weeks

The daily figure of confirmed coronavirus infections in Nigeria again declined on Sunday, continuing a trend that began on Friday. On Sunday, 304 coronavirus infections were recorded in the country, the lowest number in at least two weeks The latest figure brings the total number of infections in the country…