Nigeria confirms 574 new infections, as NCDC says 29 cases of UK COVID variant confirmed in 5 states

Chidi Samuel| The number of new coronavirus cases in Nigeria declined for the second day running as only 574 new cases of contagious virus was reported across the country on Monday.

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control in a statement via its verified Twitter handle late on Mondy night, said the new infections were recorded in 21 states and the FCT.

According to the update, Kwara recorded 98 new cases, followed by Lagos- 81, Edo- 59, Ondo- 44, FCT- 41, Kano- 34, Ogun- 33, Kaduna- 29, and Osun- 28.

Other states with new infections include, Enugu- 23, Rivers- 18, Delta-16, Akwa Ibom-15, Bauchi-12, Imo-10, Borno-8, Niger-8, Kebbi-7, Nasarawa-5, Gombe-3, and Ekiti-2.

The health agency further noted that so far, Nigeria has 146,928 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with 123,009 recoveries, and 1,761 deaths.

-29 cases of UK COVID variant confirmed in Nigeria, says NCDC

Meanwhile, twenty-nine cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 have been confirmed in five states and the federal capital territory (FCT), Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Monday.

The UK variant, which is said to present severe complications, was first recorded in Nigeria in January.

The NCDC DG who made the disclosure while speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, noted that there was a likelihood that more cases would be detected in Nigeria.

“We have now confirmed a total of 29 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, and this has been confirmed in Edo, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Oyo and the FCT,” he said.

The NCDC has also announced plans to launch a uniform platform to verify COVID-19 tests done in accredited laboratories, as part of efforts to curb the proliferation of fake results.

The PTF had directed that intending travellers must subject themselves to COVID-19 tests to encourage early detection and curtail the spread of the virus.

According to Ihekweazu, the verification platform would be ready next week, while this week has been set aside to get concerned laboratories to connect to the platform.

He said, “In response to the validity of the test result coming out of Nigeria, we’d like to announce that in the next week, we will launch a verification platform through which people can verify any result coming from any lab in Nigeria.”

“Any lab that is not connected to the platform by the end of the week will be discontinued from providing testing for private individuals that want to travel or for any other reason.”

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