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Covid-19: Nigerian variant found in UK could be resistant to vaccines

A new strain of coronavirus first detected in Nigeria has made its way into the UK, with 32 cases reported so far. A prominent expert has warned the variant may prove resistant to the vaccines.

Coronavirus has undergone yet another mutation and this one has made its way on to UK soil from Nigeria.

There are growing fears that the variant will evade vaccine antibodies after it was revealed it contains the 484K mutation to the spike protein. This mutation has been found in the South Africa and Brazil variants – and is believed to help the disease evade the antibodies which attempt to stop it.

Dr Simon Clarke, an associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, sounded the alarm bell about the new strain’s potential resistance to current vaccines.

He told The Guardian: “We don’t yet know how well this [new] variant will spread, but if it is successful it can be presumed that immunity from any vaccine or previous infection will be blunted.

“I think that until we know more about these variants, any variants which carry E484K should be subject to surge testing as it seems to confer resistance to immunity, however that is generated.”
So far, University of Edinburgh researchers have reportedly found 32 cases of the B1525 variant in Britain.

More than 100 cases of the B1525 variant have been found around the world, according to the University of Edinburgh team.

Violation of face mask rules to attract N5000 fine in Abia as state govt bans cultural festivals

Following the second wave of coronavirus infection across the country, the Abia State government has placed a five thousand naira(5,000) fine on any resident of the state without a face mask.

The State Government also disclosed that it has banned cultural festivals till further notice and warned that it would hold responsible the Traditional Ruler of any community that contravenes the government’s directive in preventing the COVID-19 infections.

The Government in a press release signed by the Secretary to the Abia State Government and Chairman Inter Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Barrister Chris Ezem and made available to newsmen, on Saturday, in Umuahia, directed that all hotels and hospitality places paste a “No face mask No entry” banner at their entrances and maintain all COVID-19 protocols.

It added that any contravention will attract N100,000.00 fine including sealing off of the premises.

The Government’s statement said, “All churches are now to operate on a 50-person basis per stream and must conclude all religious activities by 2pm on Sundays and Saturdays whichever is applicable. All weekly activities must be limited to 2 activities only. Whilst night vigil and crusades are totally banned. All religious places of worship must paste at its entrances “No face mask No entry”.

“All eateries are now to operate on a take away basis and must maintain all covid-19 protocols at their premises. They must place at their entrance “No face mask No entry” sign. They must ensure the availability of running water and sanitizers at their premises. Any contravention will attract a fine of N100,000.00 and the premises will be sealed off.

“All COVID-19 market Committees are to be revived and must ensure total compliance with all COVID-19 protocols at all markets failing which the Government will not hesitate to shut down such a market and proscribe its Union.

“All burials and weddings must be limited to 50 persons only and maintain all COVID-19 protocols. Traditional rulers of communities must liaise with the Local Government Chairman of the relevant Local Government and set up an enforcement Committee made up of people of integrity to ensure compliance. The enforcement Committee is at liberty to stop any burial or wedding in contravention.
“All public places, ministries and parastatals must paste at their entrances “No face mask No entry” sign.

All schools, private and public, must observe all COVID-19 protocols.

“Community testing and sample collection is ongoing in all the 17 LGA’s. The State medical protocol team are in place and our molecular lab is 24 hours in operation to run samples”.

The State Government, however, urged all Abians to continue to observe and comply with all COVID-19 protocols and take these directives seriously.

COVID-19 2nd wave: 39 Edo health workers infected in 72 hours

The Edo State Government has said 39 healthcare workers in the state have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the last 72 hours.

Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, during a press briefing in Benin City, said case management for critical care is being strengthened to ensure effective management of severe cases of COVID-19.

He expressed worry over the increasing rate of infection among healthcare workers in the state who are critical to the fight against the spread of the disease, noting, “We have the challenge of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19. In the last 72 hours, we have had 39 healthcare workers infected with the virus.

“This is critical to us because they are in the frontline taking care of persons who have tested positive or not positive. It is important and necessary to ensure that they are duly protected and comply with the COVID-19 protocols.”

He said the 39 health workers who have tested positive in the last 72 hours are from the various healthcare centres managing active cases in the state.

“It is our duty to pull the infected healthcare workers out of the system so that they will not infect others.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that the healthcare workers are protected by way of ensuring the use of appropriate PPEs. We also urge them to follow the protocols already designed and being implemented in Edo State.”

“The State has procured additional PPEs for distribution to health facilities across the State to address rising healthcare workers’ infection and decontamination of facilities affected with strict measures to ensure compliance to standard precaution and other IPC preventive measures,” Irowa added.

COVID-19: Edo records 72 new cases in 72 hours, 143 health workers infected

Edo State has recorded 72 new cases of coronavirus in the last 72 hours, even as the number of health workers infected with the virus has risen to 143 in the state, in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.

The Edo State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this in a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

He said the 72 new cases recorded in the last 72 hours were reported from a total of 640 samples collected within the time frame, adding that the state currently has 306 active cases.

He added that within the 72-hour period, there were 34 new recoveries and three new deaths.

According to him, “44 of the 72 new cases were reported at the Real-Time PCR Laboratory at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) while 28 were reported at Laboratory at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH).”

Noting that the number of health workers infected have increased significantly, he said, “143 healthcare workers have been infected since the outbreak of the second wave of COVID-19 in the state. 110 of them are workers at ISTH, while 33 are staff of UBTH.”

He said since the outbreak of the second wave in the first week of December, the state has recorded 565 confirmed cases, with 248 recoveries and 15 deaths.

Dr. Obi added that there has been a 73.3 percent rise in numerical death of elderly persons, constituting two thirds of the total death recorded in the state from COVID-19.