Nigeria Records 216 New COVID-19 Cases


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

 

A total of 216 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in various parts of the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

In its latest update on the pandemic, the NCDC – the Federal Government agency responsible for the control of disease outbreaks – noted that the new infections were reported in eight states of the Federation on Sunday.

This comes amid fears and panic as Nigeria’s total figure has continued to rise recently, although authorities have yet to officially declare a third wave of the pandemic.

As part of efforts to prevent the disturbing trend and control the deaths recorded in the first and second waves, the Federal Government, as well as some state authorities, have reintroduced the initially relaxed protocols.

These include compulsory use of face masks in public places, maintaining social distancing, and restriction of crowds in places of worship and social gatherings, among others.

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Despite this, authorities have raised concerns over the rising figures of confirmed cases, stressing that Nigeria had begun to see other strains of the virus such as the B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant.

The NCDC listed the eight states where the 216 new infections were recorded to include Lagos – 108, Akwa Ibom – 96, Oyo – four, Rivers – three, Edo – two, and Ekiti, Kano, and Osun which recorded a case each.

Since the country recorded its first cases in late February 2020, the NCDC has confirmed a total of 171,111 cases in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the figure, 164,789 cases have been discharged and 2,132 deaths have been recorded.

While the government is making efforts to ensure more people receive the vaccine jab, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, says talks are in motion to persuade vaccine companies to invest more in Africa.

Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance, spoke on Sunday virtually at the annual National Diaspora Day celebration which held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

She was hopeful that manufacturing vaccines on the African continent would reduce vaccination inequality as many countries struggle to secure vaccines for their citizens.

The WTO chief disclosed that attempts have been made to bring the CEOs of “major manufacturing companies from Moderna to Pfizer to AstraZeneca, J&J” to the table.

See the breakdown of cases according to states below:

States Affected
No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)
No. of Cases (on admission)
No. Discharged
No. of Deaths
Lagos
62,155
3,184
58,515
456
FCT
19,944
35
19,741
168
Kaduna
9,127
4
9,058
65
Plateau
9,070
5
9,008
57
Rivers
7,514
124
7,288
102
Oyo
6,972
92
6,752
128
Edo
4,916
6
4,725
185
Ogun
4,736
36
4,647
53
Kano
4,008
2
3,896
110
Ondo
3,524
45
3,413
66
Kwara
3,162
39
3,068
55
Delta
2,663
35
2,556
72
Osun
2,579
7
2,520
52
Enugu
2,484
20
2,435
29
Nasarawa
2,385
1
2,345
39
Akwa Ibom
2,248
310
1,917
21
Gombe
2,119
6
2,069
44
Katsina
2,114
25
2,055
34
Ebonyi
2,039
5
2,002
32
Anambra
1,909
64
1,826
19
Abia
1,700
-1
1,679
22
Imo
1,661
0
1,624
37
Bauchi
1,549
0
1,532
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
Niger
935
5
913
17
Ekiti
919
41
867
11
Bayelsa
908
2
880
26
Sokoto
786
11
747
28
Jigawa
538
10
512
16
Yobe
499
0
490
9
Kebbi
450
42
392
16
Cross River
404
2
384
18
Zamfara
244
3
233
8
Kogi
5
0
3
2

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