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As doctors down tools, Nigeria records 407 new COVID-19 infections

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A further 407 positive tests for coronavirus were reported on Sunday in Nigeria as hospitals in many parts of the country raise concerns they are at risk of being overwhelmed.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, logged in the new figures Sunday midnight on its Facebook page barely hours to the commencement of the planned industrial action by Nigerian resident doctors across the nation.

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) had announced it would commence an indefinite strike action from 08.00hrs on Monday following the government’s failure to meet its demands.

The doctors’ decision, health experts say would further complicate the country’s response to COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases such as Cholera and Lassa fever that is also on the rise.

Meanwhile, with the 407 new cases on Sunday, the total number of cases in the country has risen to 174,315, according to the NCDC update.

The disease centre said no new deaths were recorded from disease in the last 24 hours meaning the fatality toll remains 2, 149 in total.

Breakdown

A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT contributed to the 407 new cases on Sunday.

Nigeria’s commercial nerve and coronavirus epicenter once again took the lion’s share in the daily tally having recorded 160 out of the 407.

Akwa-Ibom followed with 75 infections while Ondo came third with 29 new cases.

Kaduna state came 4th on the log with 18 cases and neighboring Katsina followed with 7 infections.

Gombe and Ogun had six cases each while Ekiti, Southwest Nigeria reported five infections.

Delta and the FCT parred at four cases, Ebonyi had three while Edo and Niger recorded two infections each.

Bayelsa was the lowest on the long with one of infection alongside Nassarawa state.

Meanwhile, according to the NCDC data, of the over 174, 000 new cases, 165,005 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.

However, with the recent increase in daily cases, active cases in Nigeria have jumped to 7, 151.

Nigeria has tested over 2.4 million samples out of its estimated 200million population.

Nearly four million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated to Nigeria by the U.S. arrived the West African nation on Sunday.

The 3.92 million Oxford/AstraZeneca doses Nigeria received in March from COVAX which covered a small fraction countries population has exhausted.

 

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