Nigeria records highest daily COVID-19 cases in almost five months as anxiety over third wave grows

By our reporter/ The rising number of new coronavirus cases continued on Friday as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced yet another disturbing tally of 590 fresh infections reported from various parts of the country.

Friday’s figure was the highest single-day tally to be recorded in almost five months – since March 4, 2021, when a total of 708 cases were confirmed.

On Monday, 213 new cases were reported while 404 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, with 535 and 558 more infections recorded on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

The new cases recorded on Friday were reported from 17 states across the country, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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Lagos, according to data from the health agency, reported 308 more cases and was followed by Akwa Ibom, Katsina, and Oyo states which had 54, 40, and 39 fresh infections respectively.

Others included Rivers – 26, Niger – 23, Gombe – 19, Ogun – 16, Ekiti – 15, FCT – 10, Nasarawa – 10, Delta – nine, Bayelsa – five, Plateau – five, Imo – four, Ebonyi – three, Jigawa – three, and Kano – one.

Sadly, eight more people lost the fight against the virus – raising the country’s death toll from the disease to 2,149 out of the 173,411 cases confirmed since the first case was reported in late February 2020.

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While 164,978 people have recovered from the disease, the NCDC had yet to update the total number of samples collected and tested so far as of 9:26am on Saturday.


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