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Nigeria ‘faces oxygen shortage’ as Covid cases rise

Nigeria’s Punch news website is reporting a shortage in oxygen in hospitals that are also reaching their capacity as coronavirus cases rise.

Major hospitals in Abuja are facing a shortage of oxygen and bed spaces for critical cases, the website reports quoting medics.

The country has so far recorded 101,331 cases of coronavirus, including 1,361 deaths, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC says the country is now reaching a critical level, adding that the hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious Covid-19 cases.

The director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said health workers “will be forced to make tough decisions” following the spike in Covid-19 infections in the country.

The government said it would review the reopening of schools and extension of the curfew hours as part of its response to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will be among the first people to be receive Covid-19 vaccines in the country.

Their vaccination will be televised in order to inspire public confidence in the safety of the vaccines.

(BBC)

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