Nigeria confirms 964 new COVID-19 infections, highest in two weeks

Chidi Samuel/ Nigeria on Saturday confirmed 964 more COVID-19 cases, the highest number of infections in two weeks.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) who confirmed this in an update on its Facebook page, said the country reported 1064 infections on August 21, making Saturday’s cases the highest in fourteen days.

The new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in 20 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Lagos, the nation’s COVID-19 hotbed, had the highest number of infected persons for the day under review – 456 – followed by Ondo with 180 more cases.

Edo State had 66 new cases, Rivers – 62, Niger – 26, Akwa Ibom – 25, Ekiti – 22,Kwara – 22 and Oyo – 22.

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Other states with more cases are Kaduna – 17, Delta – 14, Benue – 12, Gombe – 9, Plateau – 9, FCT – 8, Jigawa – 5, Ogun – 4, Bayelsa – 2, Nasarawa – 2 and Bauchi – 1.

As of Sunday morning, 195,052 cases have been confirmed in the country with 182,463 discharged with 2,544 deaths since the disease was confirmed in Nigeria last year February.

The hike in infections, is coming at a time many Nigerians have abandoned non-pharmaceutical measures like social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing of face masks despite the country’s confirmation of the deadly Delta variant by the NCDC.

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