…As French PM is sued by COVID-19 victims’ group, over response to health crisis***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated Wednesday that Nigeria recorded only 126 new infections with the last 24 hours, even as 3,442 patients were successfully treated and recovered from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle, noting that the figure takes the number of successfully treated cases in the country to 47,872.
The public health agency noted that the 3,070 of the recoveries recorded were patients treated under its community case management guidelines.
It disclosed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) accounted for 2,967 of the recoveries, while Kwara State had 103 of the cases.
The agency stated that the 126 infections were reported from 17 states, bringing the nation’s confirmed cases to 56,604.
The NCDC said that the states with the new infections were FCT, 37, Lagos, 27, Plateau, 16, Kaduna, 9, Abia, 7, Gombe and Ondo, 6 each.
Others were Imo, 5, Delta, Ekiti, Kwara and Oyo, 2 each, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Ogun and Yobe, 1 each.
The NCDC sadly announced three more deaths, bringing the national death toll to 1,091.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, the NCDC disclosed that it had completed the deployment of SORMAS across 774 LGAs and FCT to enable digital disease surveillance in the country.
“One of our biggest lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, was the need for electronic disease surveillance. We‘ve moved from paper-based to real-time reporting and analysis using SORMAS,” it said.
The Public health agency explained that SORMAS was a digital surveillance tool which facilitates real-time reporting of cases of epidemic-prone diseases including COVID-19 by health workers across states.
It said that by digitalise B disease surveillance data, states were able to share information and engage in rapid decision-making.
“This enables public health decision making on the COVID-19 response in the country. We’re grateful to our partners and state leadership for this milestone in strengthening national health security,” it said.
The NCDC said that SORMAS surveillance identifies potential COVID-19 cases through contact tracing of known cases as well as people who display symptoms.
“These suspected cases are tested in the various laboratory of the agency,” it stated.
In another development, the French Prime Minister Jean Castex is to receive a complaint via the special Law Court of the Republic (CJR) from the “Victimes Coronavirus COVID-19 France” association for the poor management of the health crisis, lawyer Fabrice Di Vizzio representing the organization, said on Thursday.
The Law Court of the Republic is designed to try the cases of misconduct by governmental officials in France.
“This is for those who wonder why with @ AssoCovid (Victimes Coronavirus covid-19 France) we filed a complaint before the Cjr against Castex! How long will we have to put up with the guilty speeches when during this time nothing advances on the side of the state?” Di Vizzio tweeted.
The complaint invokes the 223-7 article of France’s Penal Code, which includes the voluntary failure “to take or provoke measures… to combat a disaster likely to create a danger to the safety of persons”.
Di Vizzio has also participated in a probe against former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, former Health Minister Agnes Buzyn and incumbent Health Minister Olivier Veran over their handling of the coronavirus crisis from its beginning.
The CJR received over ninety complaints in the spring.
The accusations included the shortage of face masks and the necessary equipment to treat COVID-19 patients.
Additional reports from Sputnik