NCDC Records 1,244 New Coronavirus Infections, Three More Deaths


NCDC Records 1,244 New Coronavirus Infections, Three More DeathsNigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday announced 1,244 new coronavirus and three new deaths as the second wave of the infection continues to sweep across the country.

According to the public health agency’s tweet, the new infections were detected in 18 states – Lagos (774), FCT (125), Plateau (102), Anambra (47), Ondo (46), Rivers (27), Edo (18), Kaduna (16), Ogun (16), Gombe (16), Bauchi (11), Kano (11), Nasarawa (10), Akwa Ibom (7), Sokoto (7), Borno (5), Ekiti (4), and Zamfara (2).

Lagos led with 774 new cases, more than half of the daily total. The commercial city is Nigeria’s coronavirus epicentre with a total of over 36,000 confirmed cases and about 256 deaths.

On Sunday, Nigeria crossed the grim milestone of over 100,000 infections as health officials call for stricter enforcement of safety measures.

The 1,244 new cases on Monday pushed the total number of infections in the country to 101, 331.

Review of official data showed that Nigeria set a weekly record of about 10,000 cases in the past week.

One in every six persons (16 per cent) tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria in the past two weeks tested positive for the virus, indicating how far the virus has spread.

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

Meanwhile, the spike in infections is also feeding through into fatalities. Three people died from the disease on Monday, taking the death toll to 1,361 in total.

Nigeria recorded one of its highest coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, with 12 people dying from the virus.

In the past 24 days, there have been 149 fatalities as a result of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.

The government blamed the increasing deaths on late referral of COVID-19 patients to treatment centres.

Meanwhile, of the over 101,000 cases so far, 80,491 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

As at Monday, Nigeria recorded a total of 1,033,858 COVID-19 tests that has been carried out so far.

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