|Country||Total Cases||New Cases||Total Deaths||New Deaths||Total Recovered|
|Nigeria||4,787||+146 ||158 ||+8||959|
There are 4,342,734 cases of the Coronavirus pandemic worldwide and the death toll is now at 292, 893. 1,602,569 cases have been reported to have recovered.
698 new cases were reported in South Africa to bring the total number of cases to 11,350. 4,357 cases have recovered from the virus and the death toll is at 206. There were no reported deaths yesterday.
Zambia recorded its highest jump in the number of cases by 174.On the 8th of May, Zambian President Edgar Lungu relaxed lockdown measures in the country and allowed establishments such as gyms, cinemas and businesses to open for the public. 76 out of 85 new cases were recorded in the small border town Nakode, amongst sex workers and truck drivers manning the town.
Zambia and Tanzania are in talks over public health management amid the coronavirus pandemic, a day after the former shut its joint international border.
Zimbabwe’s confirmed cases are still at 37 after a cumulative total of 12,869 rapid screening tests and 11 058 PCR tests were conducted.
A repurposed drug might offer quicker results than a vaccine
According to experts, repurposing existing medicines might offer a more rapid alternative in tackling Covid-19 than a vaccine.
As the race for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 is on and clinical trials are being sped up, scientists are also spending time to find out if existing medicines could be the next best treatment for Covid-19.
An international team of scientists argues that repurposing an existing medicine is likely to offer a quicker solution than vaccine development. Their research backing their argument was published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, and explained in a press release from Cambridge University.
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