Covid-19: Nigeria records 146 new cases, total now 4,787

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday said Nigeria recorded 146 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 4,787.
The NCDC also said that 6 new patients had been confirmed dead, bringing the total number of deaths to 158.
“On the 12th of May 2020, 146 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria”.
According to NCDC, no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
Till date, 4,787 cases have been confirmed, 3,670 cases are still active, 959 cases have been discharged and 158 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Nigeria has 28,418 samples tested in its ongoing campaign against the deadly COVID-19.
Since February 27 when Nigeria confirmed its index COVID-19 case, the virus has spread with cases confirmed in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
The world has joined hands to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus and scientists and medical researchers across the globe are scrambling for the first breakthrough.
Since the virus spreads easily and is already overwhelming the healthcare system of most countries, a vaccine is the most effective way of putting a pause on the spread of infectious disease.
At present, almost 80 groups globally are working at break-neck speed for the same, even though a vaccine fit for humans normally takes years to develop. Currently, there are 111 potential vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 which are in different stages of clinical trials.
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Tuesday disclosed that it was developing a framework that would provide grants and long term facilities for researchers, science institutions and biotechnology firms to develop the Nigerian Vaccine.
Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele who disclosed this at the unveiling of the THISDAY Dome Testing, Tracing & Treatment Centre in Abuja, explained that the reason for the framework was to encourage greater research and development in Nigeria for drugs and vaccines that would help prevent the spread of the virus.

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