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Nigeria Records 709 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 More Fatalities

Akinola Ajibola  
Updated March 5, 2021
(FILE) A health worker wearing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit tests a swab sample for COVID-19 at a primary healthcare centre. AFP

 

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has continued to rise as the country confirms more infections on each new day.

While there have been high and low figures of single-day cases, the country reported 709 new infections and 12 more fatalities on Thursday.

This was revealed in an early-morning tweet on Friday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which manages disease outbreaks in the country.

It noted that the new cases were reported in 20 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Unlike most times when Lagos recorded the highest number of single-day cases, Adamawa took the lead with 180 fresh infections.

The north-eastern state was trailed by Lagos which reported 141 new cases, as well as Ondo, Anambra, and Rivers which recorded 60, 54, and 41 cases respectively.

Others included Taraba – 33, Edo – 30, Abia – 22, Kaduna – 22, FCT – 21, Akwa Ibom – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 11, Ekiti – 10, Kebbi – 10, Nasarawa – 10, Bayelsa – seven, Ogun – five, Osun – five, Oyo – five, and Gombe – one.

 

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 157,671, while 136,335 cases have been discharged and 1,951 deaths recorded.

As of March 5, 2021, Nigeria has tested 1,544,008 samples for coronavirus and 19,385 cases are active.

Amid the rising figure of confirmed cases, the fight against the outbreak received a major boost on Tuesday as Nigeria took delivery of its first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.

The first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Tuesday afternoon via an Emirates airplane from India.

In preparation for the distribution, the Federal Government had said the vaccines would be administered in the order of priority, with the frontline health workers on the top of the list.

It noted that it would also consider the elderly and the strategic leaders in the country – such as the President and other key public office holders in the country.

See the breakdown of COVID-19 cases according to states below:

States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo. of Deaths
Lagos56,2731,55254,307414
FCT19,3137,24411,919150
Plateau8,939998,78357
Kaduna8,6101738,37463
Oyo6,7578625,781114
Rivers6,5972476,25397
Edo4,6413154,151175
Ogun4,4165523,81747
Kano3,8101903,516104
Ondo3,0669282,08058
Kwara2,9315792,30151
Delta2,5827731,74465
Osun2,4442842,10852
Nasarawa2,2471,86137313
Enugu2,0781841,86529
Katsina2,06012,02534
Gombe2,010151,95243
Ebonyi1,9283501,54731
Anambra1,7801701,59119
Akwa Ibom1,57257298614
Abia1,555461,48821
Imo1,528931,40728
Borno1,2971951,06438
Bauchi1,232191,19617
Benue1,18857559122
Adamawa94264127031
Niger91748341717
Taraba8468274222
Ekiti82310271110
Bayelsa7791374026
Sokoto769074128
Jigawa4965642911
Kebbi3986132314
Cross River3344327417
Yobe288282519
Zamfara220-32158
Kogi5032