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COVID-19: WHO to begin drug trial in Lagos, Ogun, FCT, others



LIGHT traffic passes with downtown in the background at dusk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California

  Nigeria has joined other countries to participate in the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s “solidarity trial treatment” for COVID-19.

  This was disclosed Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja yesterday.

  According to him, the federal government is cooperating with the WHO on treatment regimen solidarity trial.

  The minister, however, did not state when the trial will begin and the modalities for its commencement.

  But five states in Nigeria including the Federal Capital territory are enrolled in the trial. They include Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano.

  Similarly, World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed global progress in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  WHO particularly commended United States for logging a second consecutive day of fewer than 900 coronavirus deaths. But it also warned of the need for “extreme vigilance” against a second wave.

  Optimism was tempered by the increasingly dire economic situation, with France showing a huge fall in activity last month and a warning that a major US airline would likely go under because of the pandemic, as jobs vanish and businesses go to the wall.

  The virus has now killed more than 285,000 people, according to an official tally. The number of infections has surpassed 4.1 million.

  According to Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, infection rates in many countries have started to slow, with weeks of lockdown paying dividends.

  “The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives,” he told a virtual briefing.

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