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COVID-19: five new deaths, 535 additional cases as daily Infections continue to rise in Nigeria

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Five people died from COVID-19 complications in Nigeria in the last 24 hours as the recent spike in infections continue to show no sign of slowing down.

The west African nation registered 535 new infections on Wednesday in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

This is according to an update posted on Thursday morning on the official Facebook page of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In less than one week, Nigeria has been consistent in setting and smashing previous records of highest daily tallies in months to indicate how swift the unofficial third wave of COVID-19 is spreading.

On Saturday, Nigeria recorded 317 new cases as the country’s highest daily figure in four months, a record smashed by the 404 infections reported from 12 states and the FCT on Tuesday.

The new figure on Wednesday is now the biggest daily increase in the country since March 4 when 708 cases were recorded and have raised the total infections in the country to 172,263.

Meanwhile, with the five fatalities on Tuesday, the total death toll in the country has now increased to 2, 139.

Specifics

Infection rates have largely concentrated in Nigeria’s hardest-hit city by the disease, Lagos since the discovery of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the disease.

This is no different on Wednesday as the commercial city had the highest number of infections having recorded 219 out of the 535 daily total.

Akwa-Ibom came second with 142 while Oyo state followed with 47 infections.

The 535 new cases were recorded in 17 states and the FCT as follows:

Lagos-219
Akwa Ibom-142
Oyo-47
Rivers-17
Jigawa-13
Edo-13
Ekiti-11
Bayelsa-11
Ondo-10
Osun-9
Plateau-8
Ogun-7
Kaduna-7
Kano-5
FCT-5
Imo-4
Gombe-4
Nasarawa-3

Meanwhile, the NCDC showed that of the 172, 263 persons infected by the disease in Nigeria, 164,886 have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

With the recent increase in daily cases, driven by the Delta variant, active cases has risen to 5, 228.

Nigerian authorities has tested over 2.4 million samples in a country of about 200million.

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