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COVID-19: NCDC announces 1,270 new infections in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 1,270  new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections to 102,601.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Tuesday.

The public health institute confirmed 12 new deaths in the past 24 hours. This takes the nation’s death toll to 1,373 .

The  country has so far tested 1,033,858 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded in the country on Feb. 27, 2020.

The agency said the new infections were reported from 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the breakdown released on Tuesday by health agency, Lagos takes the lead with 435 infections, FCT 234, Oyo 103, and  Plateau 86.

Other states with new infections were Rivers-71, Enugu-51, Nasarawa-41, Delta-39, Edo-39, Osun-33, Niger-31, Sokoto-23, Ondo-16, Taraba-13, Ebonyi-12, Kano-10, Abia-9, Bayelsa-8, Bauchi-7, Imo-5, Katsina-3, and Gombe-1.

The NCDC disclosed that 1,083 additional patients had been discharged after they tested negative.

Meanwhile, the total number of recoveries and discharges has risen to  81,574.

According to the agency, a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

NAN reports that the country’s active cases stand at 19,654, while only two states – Kogi and Cross River – have no active cases of COVID-19 as of Jan. 12.

Lagos PHCs receive solar power systems for efficiency

Lagos State Government-owned Primary Health Centers (PHCs), have received high-tech solar power systems from ZOLA Electric as part of the firm’s commitment to help fight the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic through the availability of 24-hour electricity supply to Nigerians especially those in underserved and vulnerable communities.

According to the firm, the donations include its flagship product, ZOLA Infinity – the first lithium-ion battery-based hybrid power system in Africa, explicitly designed to incorporate solar electricity generation, energy storage, and power from the grid to deliver reliable 24-hour anywhere.

Also included are the uniquely packaged ZOLA Flex Power-1 units, containing grid charger/adapter, DC bulbs/strip lights, Solar Panel, Lithium-Ion battery unit and AC inverter for powering AC appliances.

Commenting on the corporate action, the Acting Managing Director, ZOLA Electric Nigeria, Olufemi Ashipa, said; “This donation is a gesture that takes into recognition that this pandemic has hit vulnerable communities disproportionately hard across the world. As proponents of helping Nigeria bridge the huge energy deficit, we understand that inconsistent power delivery to rural communities, especially the primary care clinics, has left them exposed and unable to combat life-threatening diseases, particularly this ravaging virus.

“This action aligns with our mission to ‘deliver Clean 24-Hour Power Anywhere’, and so we are confident that these high-tech solar systems, which have been installed at no cost, will enable the PHCs to stay connected and effectively serve their communities. Thus, we have trained the recipients to optimise the power systems’ output and ensure the community enjoys the ZOLA Electric premium technology’s full benefits.

“We commend the Lagos State Government, led by the Incident Commander and Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the effective management of the pandemic, as well as our colleagues in the private sector for collaborating with the government to tackle the spread of the deadly virus.”

ZOLA Electric is currently powering hospitals and health care centres across Ghana, Tanzania, Côte D’Ivoire and Rwanda with its ZOLA systems.

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