NCDC Announces 1,617 New Cases, 14 Deaths As Coronavirus Infection Worsens


NCDC Announces 1,617 New Cases, 14 Deaths As Coronavirus Infection Worsens

A total of 112,004 infections have been reported across Nigeria after Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 1,617 new cases, the second highest daily tally, found in 18 states on Monday.

Lagos, again, led with 776 new cases on Monday, nearly half of the daily total. The commercial city is Nigeria’s coronavirus epicentre with a total of over 40,000 confirmed cases and over 270 deaths.

As Nigeria continues to record more coronavirus infections, the direct adverse impact has been more fatalities.

Fourteen people died from the disease raising the total fatality toll to 1,449, according to public health agency in a tweet yesterday.

In the previous 24 hours, Nigeria reported one of its deadliest day of the pandemic – 15 deaths on Sunday. This comes a few days after the global coronavirus death toll surpassed two million.

As countries begin to roll out the COVID-19, experts anticipate there will be a reduction in mortality but there have been more deaths especially in countries where the second wave of the virus is spreading unrestrained.

In the past four weeks, there have been over 200 fatalities as a result of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.

The rise in mortality shows that the second wave of the pandemic is deadlier than the first as more patients are symptomatic and require breathing support.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of NCDC, said;

The reason for rise in fatalities is not far-fetched. When there are is a sharp rise in new cases, there will definitely be more deaths.

Active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 about two months ago to over 20,000 due to a rise in new infections.

Of the over 112,000 cases so far, 89,939 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

So far, Nigeria has conducted over 1.1 million COVID-19 tests.

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