By Metohuey Michael Adoglo
“We are adding three countries to the list of these countries that we talked about last Friday, these are Malawi, Egypt and Nigeria,” Duclos added that all travellers coming from outside Canada, apart from the United States, would now be tested at Canadian airports for the novel corona virus disease, regardless of vaccination status.”
Africa accounts for only 4.3% of COVID-19 global fatalities – ECOWAS
Meanwhile, the Economic Community of West African States has said it requires 263 million vaccine doses to cover 40 per cent of the population of its 15 member states.
The regional body said the coronavirus had claimed 221,593 deaths in Africa as of November 21, 2021, representing 4.3 per cent of the global fatalities.
The economic bloc further stated that the current vaccination campaigns in its member states were insufficient to cover 40 per cent of the population.
These were contained in the 2021 Report on the State of the Community signed by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Jean Kassi Brou.
Nigerian Virologists on Wednesday expressed concern that there was a high risk of community transmission of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.
These experts stated this as Canada placed travel bans on Nigeria, Egypt and Malawi.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on Wednesday morning announced the discovery of three cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The NCDC’s detection of three cases of Omiron variant came three days after Canada said it had detected cases of the variant in two travelers, who recently visited Nigeria.
A statement released by the NCDC Director-General, Ifedayo Adetifa, stated that the strain was detected in three persons with travel history to South Africa.