Nigeria Records 1,398 New COVID-19 Infections And Nine More Deaths


Nigeria Records 1,398 New COVID-19 Infections And Nine More DeathsNigeria on Wednesday recorded 1,398 new infections recorded in 23 states as the second wave of the coronavirus continues to sweep across the country.

Wednesday’s figure pushed the total number of infections in the country to 103,999.

The new figures were reported from 23 states. – Lagos (542), FCT (131), Oyo (120), Rivers (113), Plateau (111), Kaduna (71), Kwara (71), Akwa Ibom (34), Sokoto (31), Benue (28), Ogun (27), Kano (26), Kebbi (17), Osun (12), Nasarawa (11), Delta (10), Gombe (10), Bayelsa (9), Borno (9), Edo (8), Ekiti (3), Jigawa (2), and Katsina (2).

Lagos led with 542 new cases, nearly half of the daily total. The commercial city is Nigeria’s coronavirus epicentre with a total of over 36,000 confirmed cases and more than 255 deaths.

In addition, nine people died from coronavirus in Nigeria on Wednesday, taking the death toll to 1,382 in total.

This is according to the daily update from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shared via its Twitter handle on Wednesday.

With the recent surge in coronavirus cases feeding through into fatalities, Nigeria has been having a consistent spike in deaths from the disease.

On Tuesday, Nigeria logged one of its deadliest daily fatality toll with 12 people dying from the virus.

In the past 26 days, there have been 170 fatalities as a result of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.

Health authorities attributed the rising death toll to late referral of COVID-19 patients to treatment centres.

Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing last week, said caregivers are holding on to suspected cases for too long before presenting them for treatment.

One in every six persons (16 per cent) tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria in the past two weeks, tested positive.

Federal Government recently warned that a significant increase in coronavirus infections in Nigeria appears imminent this January due to continued violation of safety protocols during the Christmas period.

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 103,000 cases so far, 82,555 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

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

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