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Nigeria Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Infections In Six Months

A health worker wearing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit tests a swab sample for COVID-19 at a primary health centre in Hyderabad on September 3, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP

 

Nigeria has recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 infections in six months with 747 new infections and four deaths, as the third wave of the pandemic worsens.

The cases, confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, are the highest since February 19 when 1,492 cases were confirmed as the second wave of the pandemic was tapering off.

According to the latest NCDC release, Lagos had the highest number of infections on Wednesday with 488 cases. Akwa Ibom followed with 121 infections, while Oyo had 29 cases.

Others are Rivers (25), Ogun (15), FCT (13), Kaduna (13), Kwara (11), Ekiti (10), Osun (10), Edo (6), Abia (3), Anambra (2), and Plateau (1).

In all, Nigeria has confirmed 176,011 cases. Out of that number 165,208 patients have recovered and 2,167 people have died.

Delta Variant

The Federal Government, the Lagos Government and health experts have raised concerns about the increasing cases in the country, especially now that the Delta variant of the pandemic has been detected in some states in the country.

They are particularly worried by the widespread violations of COVID-19 protocols by citizens and the likely implications for the nation.

A national strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has also increased the concerns.

On Monday, the NCDC had confirmed that 32 Delta variant cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the country.

The variant which spreads faster and has devastated India is a major source of concern due to its rapid increase in several countries, including the United States.

Director-General of the NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said 19 of the 32 confirmed Delta variant cases were reported in Akwa Ibom State with the remaining cases identified in Lagos, Cross River, and Oyo states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In view of the growing cases, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, advised Nigerians against travelling to Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Cross River, Kano, Plateau, and the FCT during this period, except when it was absolutely necessary.

 

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 64,978 5,984 58,529 465
FCT 20,021 110 19,742 169
Kaduna 9,190 41 9,084 65
Plateau 9,112 47 9,008 57
Rivers 7,787 290 7,395 102
Oyo 7,217 282 6,797 138
Edo 4,961 31 4,745 185
Ogun 4,820 91 4,671 58
Kano 4,030 24 3,896 110
Ondo 3,607 85 3,455 67
Kwara 3,246 123 3,068 55
Akwa Ibom 2,808 845 1,937 26
Delta 2,691 63 2,556 72
Osun 2,627 33 2,541 53
Enugu 2,490 16 2,445 29
Nasarawa 2,403 19 2,345 39
Gombe 2,186 52 2,090 44
Katsina 2,161 58 2,069 34
Ebonyi 2,047 13 2,002 32
Anambra 1,920 75 1,826 19
Abia 1,736 32 1,682 22
Imo 1,688 27 1,624 37
Bauchi 1,553 2 1,534 17
Benue 1,366 15 1,327 24
Borno 1,344 1 1,305 38
Adamawa 1,134 4 1,098 32
Taraba 1,001 0 977 24
Ekiti 992 103 878 11
Niger 961 27 914 20
Bayelsa 946 25 895 26
Sokoto 787 12 747 28
Jigawa 562 25 521 16
Yobe 499 0 490 9
Kebbi 450 42 392 16
Cross River 437 25 394 18
Zamfara 248 4 236 8
Kogi 5 0 3 2
oluchi

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