COVID-19: Police Raid Night Club, Arrest Fun Seekers In Lagos

The police authorities in Lagos on Saturday raided a nightclub and arrested many fun-seekers in the state in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The operation was carried out by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu.

A total of 237 culprits were arrested and moved to the State Force Headquarters at Ikeja.

Eighty-five of the suspects were arrested at the Lounge 38 in Bode Thomas Street, Surulere and 152 others at Club Victoria in Victoria Island.

Some Lagos residents arrested by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.

Six people were also apprehended for allegedly violating the midnight to 4 am curfew in the state.

The suspects were later paraded today by the police who vowed to charge them to court soon.

Despite series of warnings by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and health authorities against gatherings beyond approved numbers, many Nigerians have continued to defy the order.

The result has been an exponential spike in the number of COVID-19 infections across the country, with Lagos remaining the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, recording its highest number of infections of 807 on Thursday.

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Some Lagos residents paraded by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.
Some Lagos residents paraded by the police for flouting COVID-19 protocol in the state on January 9, 2021.
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FG May Announce Nationwide Lockdown Over COVID-19 Second-Wave

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned that the federal government may be forced imposed another nationwide lockdown over the second-wave of the deadly virus.
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<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Speaking on a television programme on Sunday, the National Coordinator of the PTF, <strong>Dr Sani Aliyu</strong>, lamented that despite the deadly nature of the second-wave Nigerians have refused to adhere to safety protocols.Speaking on a television programme on Sunday, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, lamented that despite the deadly nature of the second-wave Nigerians have refused to adhere to safety protocols.

He said: “If you don’t want a lockdown, the only way is to make sure we use our facemasks, avoid mass gatherings, avoid people who have respiratory tract infections, sanitise our hands and follow those non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“The very vaccines that we currently have are those non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“If numbers continue to go up, all options are on the table. There are countries in the world that have been able to control this pandemic simply by following these non-pharmaceutical interventions. They may be inconvenient, but they will not be as difficult as a lockdown”.

Aliyu said cases were multiplying in recent weeks, adding that 33 people died of COVID-19 in the last one week.

The PTF coordinator also attacked individuals and cleric saying that COVID-19 doesn’t exist, saying people with such thinking are probably living in a completely different world.

He said: ”I’m sure most of those who have been following the numbers will realise that what we have now far exceeds what we had in June/July last year.

“In week 52, which is the week we’ve just finished, we’ve seen a tripling in weekly number of cases, compared to what we had three weeks ago. The 6,000 cases per week is really huge. Our hospitals are already starting to get overloaded and we are already starting to feel the pressure within the healthcare system.

“So, talking about the projection, the projection really depends on whether people will start taking this very seriously and start following those non-pharmaceutical interventions that we’ve been talking about for the last one year.”

Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID, According to New Study

As the coronavirus death toll rises each day, many folks who got the virus still live—but live diminished lives. “It is increasingly recognized that SARS-CoV-2 can produce long-term complications after recovery from the acute effects of infection,” write a new study’s authors in Medrxiv. They analyzed the “self-reported short and long-term symptoms in a general adult population cohort comprised of 233 COVID-19+ cases, 3,652 SARS-CoV-2-negative controls, and 17,474 non-tested individuals”; read on to see if you had the most popular symptoms, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

1 Anosmia

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Anosmia, the technical term for the once relatively unfamiliar loss of one’s ability to smell, is now all too common,” reports Stat News. “It has become a critical diagnostic marker of Covid-19. As we have come to learn, asymptomatic carriers—people infected with the novel coronavirus who don’t show visible symptoms—can still infect others. One telltale sign of otherwise asymptomatic carriers is that they often experience sudden-onset anosmia.” And it can last for months and months.

2 Ageusia

This is a lost of taste—and it can possibly be permanent. A study in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care chronicles a woman who had COVID, got a clear chest X-ray, had stable vitals—”however,” weeks later, “there was little improvement in the symptoms of loss of taste and smell, which were still persistent.”

3 Difficulty Concentrating

“About half of hospitalized patients have neurological manifestations of COVID-19, which include headache, dizziness, decreased alertness, difficulty concentrating, disorders of smell and taste, seizures, strokes, weakness and muscle pain,” reports Northwestern. “It’s important for the general public and physicians to be aware of this, because a SARS-COV-2 infection may present with neurologic symptoms initially, before any fever, cough or respiratory problems occur,” said lead author of the review, Dr. Igor Koralnik, Northwestern Medicine chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology and a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

4 Dyspnea

Shortness of breath is a hallmark of COVID—and can last long after you’ve shed the virus. “Doctors are eyeing lung and heart complications including scarring. Patients who become critically ill with COVID-19 seem more likely to have lingering shortness of breath, but those with mild cases are also at risk,” reports Science. “We additionally observe that individuals who had an initial symptom of dyspnea are significantly more likely to develop long-term symptoms,” say the new study’s authors.

5 Memory Loss

“In addition to changing behavior and regulating physiological responses during illness, the specialized immune system in the brain also plays a number of other roles. It has recently become clear that the neuroimmune cells that sit at the connections between brain cells (synapses), which provide energy and minute quantities of inflammatory signals, are essential for normal memory formation,” reports MedicalXpress. “Unfortunately, this also provides a way in which illnesses like COVID-19 can cause both acute neurological symptoms and long-lasting issues in the brain.”

6 Confusion

“Patients with COVID-19 are experiencing an array of effects on the brain, ranging in severity from confusion to loss of smell and taste to life-threatening strokes,” reports Johns Hopkins. “Younger patients in their 30s and 40s are suffering possibly life-changing neurological issues due to strokes.”

7 Headache

“Our data shows that the most commonly experienced early symptoms are actually headache (82%) and fatigue (72%) — and this is the case for all age groups,” reports the COVID Symptom Study. “Only 9% of COVID-positive adults aged 18 — 65 didn’t experience headache or fatigue. Of course, headache and fatigue commonly occur in other conditions which is why they don’t trigger a test on their own.” These headaches and fatigue can last for months—and possibly never go away.

8 Heart Palpitations

“The virus can harm the heart, and doctors are concerned about long-term damage. How the heart heals after COVID-19 could help determine whether a patient develops an irregular heartbeat,” reports Science.

9 Chest Pain

“In the study of Italian patients, the most common symptoms reported at follow-up were fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, and chest pain, in that order,” reports JAMA. “None of the patients had a fever or other sign or symptom of acute illness, but about 44% of them had a worsened quality of life.”

10 Pain with Deep Breaths

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, so naturally your breathing would be affected. Researchers are now discovering the lungs may be scarred, causing pain when breathing deep—for life.

11 Dizziness

In one neurological study, “overall, 25% of patients had symptoms considered as evidence of CNS (central nervous system) dysfunction, including dizziness (17%), headache (13%), impaired consciousness (7.5%), acute cerebrovascular disease (3%), ataxia (0.5%), and seizures (0.5%).”

12 Tachycardia

Long haulers are seeing a heart rate over 100 beats per minute.

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Although not mentioned in the study, “one of the most insidious long-term effects of COVID-19 is its least understood: severe fatigue. Over the past nine months, an increasing number of people have reported crippling exhaustion and malaise after having the virus,” reports Nature. “Your healthcare provider will review your health history and do a physical exam,” says Cedars-Sinai. “They can easily notice a fast heartbeat by taking your pulse. But, it is important to rule out other causes for the fast heartbeat. It is also important to learn what type of tachycardia is present. Other types of tachycardia may need different treatment.” If you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above, call a medical professional, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 

New COVID-19 variant in UK found in Nigeria

The new variant of the coronavirus currently causing panic and concern in the United Kingdom and the European Union has been identified in Nigeria by scientists at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), at the Redeemers University in Ede, Osun State.

The new variant, detected in the UK in September and dubbed “lineage B.1.1.7” has triggered the current exponential spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the larger path of the United Kingdom, leading to a travel ban on the UK by some countries and a stay-at-home tier-4 level restriction in the affected paths of the country.

Now, scientists at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Ede, in South West Nigeria, said Monday, through a publication in Virological, a website for the global Genomics community, that they found the same variant “lineage B.1.1.7” existing in Osun State Nigeria since August 3rd when the first sample was collected. Another sample, also from Osun State, was collected in October correspondingly showed the presence of this new variant.

According to Christian Happi, Professor of molecular biology and genomics who is also the Director at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), “the B.1.1.7 lineage we found in Nigeria, predating the one described in the UK, has also been observed to rise rapidly in the UK over the past four weeks, indicating the plausible increased spread of the virus by specific non-synonymous mutations in the spike protein.”

Although Nigeria has in December recorded a rise in the number of cases and an increase in deaths, Mr Happi told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview that he cannot credit the new variant for this rise as it was last seen in October and at the time, there was no surge in the number of cases.

“We however haven’t observed such rapid rise of the lineage in Nigeria and do not have sufficient evidence to indicate that the B.1.1.7 lineage is contributing to increased transmission of the virus in Nigeria,” he said.

Should this be a case for panic and worry for Nigerians? Mr. Happi’s team made a case for caution, warning that although the new variant might not be responsible for the rise in cases, that could change when new samples are sequenced.

“At the moment, only about 1% of the genomes from Nigeria belong to the new SARS-CoV-2 variant (B.1.1.7 lineage) and one of them predates the first description in the UK. However, this might change in the next few weeks when we sequence more samples from the recently reported surge of covid-19 in Nigeria” they announced, noting that, “other reported mutations such as the N501Y, A570D, and the HV 69 – 70 deletion in the spike protein have not been detected in our genomes yet, this could also be associated with the non-increase of the lineage in Nigeria currently.”

“In as much as the full effect of this mutation isn’t known yet and it is still being studied, the importance of a robust genomic surveillance system cannot be overemphasized as we can identify and report changes in the genomes of pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 that are of public health interest,” the report said.

From the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a tweet on Sunday, said, “while we study data in Nigeria and await additional guidance from @WHO on new strains causing COVID19, travelers MUST implement travel protocol.”

Federal authorities responded to the development by ordering the immediate closure of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants across the country. The number of guests at weddings, conferences, among others have also been limited to 50 persons, according to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, while speaking at its briefing on Monday.

Also following the announcement of the identification of the new variant of the coronavirus in the UK, countries have begun to issue travel ban at varying degrees.

These countries include the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada as the most recent as of the time of filing this report.

The BBC reported that top health officials said that there was no evidence the new variant was more deadly or would react differently to vaccines, but it was proving to be up to 70 per cent more transmissible.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the new strain “was out of control. We have got to get it under control”, admitting that this was “an incredibly difficult end to frankly an awful year”, the report said.

The BBC has also reported that It was first detected in September. In November around a quarter of cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of cases in mid-December.

The WHO has said it is in close contact with the UK adding that the same strain has been identified in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.

There are rising concerns on whether the mutation in the virus will affect the vaccines. Scientists, however, have said the new variant will have no effect on the vaccine although a close watch has to be kept.

“It stands to reason that this mutation isn’t a threat, but you never know. We still have to be diligent and continue to look,” said Nelson Michael, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

A presentation by David Robertson, from the University of Glasgow, on Friday, concluded: “The virus will probably be able to generate vaccine escape mutants.”

Vaccine escape happens when the virus changes so it dodges the full effect of the vaccine and continues to infect people.

Additionally, “the amount of evidence in the public domain is woefully inadequate to draw strong or firm opinions on whether the virus has truly increased transmission,” said Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham.

The European Council meeting of government representatives is expected to take place Tuesday at 10:00 GMT. The speed at which governments have announced their bans on travellers from the UK shows the scale of the alarm, the BBC’s Gavin Lee in Brussels reported.

COVID-19: US Hits 11m Cases As Restrictions Increase Ahead Of Thanksgiving Celebration

The United States surpassed more than 11 million COVID-19 on Sunday, as the third wave of the virus continued its uncontrolled spread, new restrictions were introduced, and Americans weighed whether and how they can celebrate Thanksgiving.

The U.S. recorded more than 1 million new cases this past week alone, including 156,416 on Saturday, which marked the eleventh day in a row that the United States recorded more than 100,000 daily cases.

More than a dozen states, including New Hampshire, Maryland, Colorado, and Montana, all broke daily records of cases on Saturday as well. Georgia was the only state in the country to see a decrease in cases over the past 14 days.

In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the closure of indoor dining on Sunday, which will take effect at the end of Monday and last through Dec. 14.

He also limited in-store retail to 25 percent occupancy. Indoor fitness facilities and gyms are to fully closed. The decision comes shortly after Illinois did the same.

In Chicago, a stay-at-home order that will last 30 days begins Monday, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot warning that a huge increase in death could result without one.

In Mount Vernon, New York, next to early Covid-19 hotspot New Rochelle, the city also issued a “stay-at-home advisory” that will begin Monday. citing the virus’ resurgence in New York.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that schools would remain open, as the positivity rate creeps towards the 3 percent that would trigger a shutdown.

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis brought his state back into Phase 1, as 1,100 people in the state are hospitalized with the coronavirus. The governor is hoping to increase hospital bed capacity by at least 50 percent, and is asking hospitals to continue planning to convert medical and surgical beds to ICU beds if necessary.

And in Michigan, where officials said soaring case counts could soon lead to 1,000 deaths a week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a new order Sunday partially shutting down venues like restaurants, bars and schools. The three-week order also limits family gatherings, suspends organized sports that aren’t professional or university-level and extends a mask mandate for indoor and outdoor gatherings.

“We’re seeing more cases in more places than ever,” Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director under President Barack Obama, told the “TODAY” show Sunday.

More than 60,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with the virus, which Frieden predicts will rise to at least 100,000 in the next month.

“Unfortunately, that means changing our Thanksgiving plans,” Frieden said, who recommends that people do not travel for the holiday and avoid “crowded, indoor spaces.”

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“Traveling from one place to another, meeting inside with lots of families for a long time without masks is a formula for a massive explosion,” he said. “Unless we change our Thanksgiving plans, we are going to have a very unmerry Christmas, I’m afraid.”“Traveling from one place to another, meeting inside with lots of families for a long time without masks is a formula for a massive explosion,” he said. “Unless we change our Thanksgiving plans, we are going to have a very unmerry Christmas, I’m afraid.”

As numbers increase, so, too, has the emotional toll on families. In San Antonio, Texas, 4-year-old Raiden Gonzalez lost both his parents to the virus. His father died in June at 33, and his mother in October at 29.

“Just this morning he told me that he wishes he had his mom back and he just wanted her back,” Raiden’s grandmother Rozie Salinas, said.

Healthcare workers are feeling the burden too as the virus only gets worse. “Everyone feels like they ran a marathon and now we’re being asked to do an ironman, and now we’re just tired,” Dr. Michelle Prickett, of Northwestern University Hospital, told “TODAY.”

BREAKING: US President, Donald Trump, wife test positive for COVID-19

United States President, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania have tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump announced this in a tweet on his Twitter page on Friday.

He announced that they will be quarantined and the recovery process will begin immediately.

He tweeted, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.

“We will get through this together.”

The couple had previously tested positive but later tested negative.

Positive COVID-19 test: Trump’s physician releases Statement
Sean Conley, White House physician, has issued a statement on the COVID-19 test result of United States President Donald Trump and wife, Melania.

Conley addressed his letter to Kayleigh Mcenany, Assistant to President and White House Press Secretary.

The doctor said information was released with the permission of the American leader and his spouse.

He wrote: “This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.