Five more people have died from covid-19 complications as nigeria recorded 727 fresh cases in 18 states on september 9.
The nigeria centre for disease control, ncdc, gave the update on its website, attributing the fresh cases to the third wave surge caused by the highly transmissible delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
The ncdc therefore gave the list of the affected states to include, rivers state which had the highest cases with 257, followed by lagos 157, edo 85, imo 63, fct 33, delta 28, kaduna 27, benue 17, akwa ibom and ekiti had 13 each, taraba 12, bayelsa 5, kano and ogun had 4 each, oyo 3, abia, nasarawa and plateau reported two each respectively.
The health agency added that the active coronavirus cases in nigeria were 9,089, with a total of 182,597 cases successfully treated and discharged after recovery as at september 9.
United states president, joe biden has announced a series of measures to boost vaccination rates against covid-19 in the united states, including requiring federal employees to get inoculated and mandating that large employers ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus.
Biden made the announcement on september 9, voicing dismay that some americans were refusing to take the vaccine amid a jump in cases and deaths from the virus largely driven by unvaccinated people.
The us president who condemned what he called pandemic politics said the new requirements was aimed at reducing the number of unvaccinated people in the us,adding that about 80 million eligible people out of a population of almost 330 million have not had a single vaccine shot.
However, republican legislators were quick to condemn biden’s announcement as an outspoken opponent of vaccine mandates, thomas massie said the measures were absolutely unconstitutional.
Chinese president, xi jinping has spoken with his united states counterpart joe biden for the first time in 7 months.
A statement released to newsmen from the white house stated that both leaders had discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not diverge into conflict.
It was reported that the call was the second of its type between the two leaders since president biden took office, adding that they both had a broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where the countries interests, values, and perspectives diverged.
It would be recalled that both countries had been tense with clashes over issues like trade, surveillance among others which began in 2018 under the administration of the us former president, donald trump.