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COVID-19 soars in Nigeria as 501 new cases confirmed [plus global updates]

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A new rise of COVID-19 cases has been recorded in Nigeria as 501 new cases was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday.

The 501 new cases of COVID-19 Nigeria are as follows:

Lagos-218
FCT-112
Kaduna-53
Plateau-24
Katsina-21
Kano-16
Yobe-14
Ondo-10
Ogun-9
Edo-7
Bayelsa-5
Rivers-4
Borno-4
Osun-2
Ekiti-2

78,434 confirmed
68,303 discharged
1,221 deaths

Meanwhile, a further 35,928 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded across the UK in the latest 24-hour period.

Another 326 deaths have been announced within 28 days of a positive test.

UK has identified a fast-moving new variant of the coronavirus that is more than 70% more transmissible than existing strains.

Coronavirus strand in the United Kingdom, which was found to have higher transmission rate, has also been identified in Italy.

Saudi Arabia closes all its borders to all countries amid concerns over coronavirus mutation.

Belgium set to suspend travel from UK over coronavirus strain.

Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, effectively closes border to Sydney after surge in coronavirus cases.

Apple to temporarily close all its stores in California amid rising coronavirus infections.

The Netherlands to suspend travel from UK, after coronavirus strand first identified in the UK was found in at least one case in the Netherlands.

USA: Coronavirus cases in the United States have reached 18 million, over 20% of the global total.

An expert panel recommended that people 75 and older, as well as essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers, should be next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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