- Teachers and students in Ekiti state will be tested for COVID-19
- The order was issued by Governor Fayemi
- Also, Fayemi expressed concern over rising cases in the state
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As coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in some places, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, of Ekiti state has directed a random sampling test for COVID-19 infection of students and teachers.
This, according to him, is to assess their risk level ahead of resumption.
Fayemi expressed optimism that COVID-19 protocols would be strictly adhered to.
Going further, he said parents of the resuming students are to provide their wards with at least two face masks each as a prerequisite for admittance into their school premises.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that scientists are inching closer to developing a vaccine for the coronavirus following a report which stated that a COVID-19 experimental vaccine developed by Moderna Inc was safe and provoked immune responses all patients tested in an initial safety trial.
Reuters reported that in the test conducted on Tuesday, July 14, patients who volunteered were given two doses of the vaccine.
The team which carried out the trials reported that patients showed high levels of virus-killing antibodies that exceeded the average levels seen in people who had recovered from COVID-19.
According to findings from the experiment which were also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than half of the volunteers experienced mild or moderate side effects like fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches, or pain at the injection site.
Bloomberg citing the report stated that three of 14 patients given the highest dose experienced severe side effects, but said that dose is not being used in larger trials.
It was also disclosed that these reactions were likely to occur after the second dose and in people who got the highest dose.
In another report, the federal government has said that in order to address the testing deficit in Nigeria, it plans to establish one sample collection centre in every local government area in the country.
Already, a sample collection centre has been set up in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and that all government hospitals in the FCT have been designated as sample collection centres.
Mustapha, made this known on Monday, July 13.
He reiterated that contacting COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but not presenting oneself for testing or treatment when symptoms become observable could likely lead to avoidable death.
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