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COVID-19: Nigeria records 558 new cases, highest daily figure in four months

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In a trend that started on Saturday, Nigeria has reported 558 COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, health authorities said, the highest daily figure since March 4.

The new figure on Thursday indicated an increase from 317 on Saturday, 404 on Tuesday, and 535 on Wednesday which were previously the highest daily records since March.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control said on Thursday night that the total number of cases in the country has risen to 178,821 with the 558 new cases recorded in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT.

In an update on its Facebook page, the NCDC said two more people died of the virus in Nigeria, bringing the death toll in the country to 2,141.

Nigeria is currently experiencing a spike in infections attributed to the highly transmissible Delta variant discovered in the country a few weeks ago.

Breakdown

A breakdown of the NCDC data showed that almost a third of the new cases on Thursday were from Lagos.

The commercial city recorded 376 out of the 558 daily total. Oyo state came second with 33 new cases followed by Akwaibom with 26.

The FCT ranked 4th on the log with 22 cases while Imo State followed with 15, and Bayelsa and Ekiti States followed with 13 cases each.

While Kano State reported 12 new cases, the duo of Ogun and Plateau States reported 11 cases each. They were followed by Delta State with nine cases, Jigawa, six, and Rivers and Zamfara States tied with four cases each.

Edo State also reported two cases on Thursday while Ebonyi recorded the lowest daily figure of one new infection.

With the recent increase in daily cases, active cases have risen to almost 6,000 in Nigeria.

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