Nigeria Records 709 New COVID-19 Cases, 12 More Fatalities

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(FILE) A health worker wearing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suit tests a swab sample for COVID-19 at a primary healthcare centre. AFP

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has continued to rise as the country confirms more infections on each new day.

While there have been high and low figures of single-day cases, the country reported 709 new infections and 12 more fatalities on Thursday.

This was revealed in an early-morning tweet on Friday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which manages disease outbreaks in the country.

It noted that the new cases were reported in 20 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Unlike most times when Lagos recorded the highest number of single-day cases, Adamawa took the lead with 180 fresh infections.

The north-eastern state was trailed by Lagos which reported 141 new cases, as well as Ondo, Anambra, and Rivers which recorded 60, 54, and 41 cases respectively.

Others included Taraba – 33, Edo – 30, Abia – 22, Kaduna – 22, FCT – 21, Akwa Ibom – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 11, Ekiti – 10, Kebbi – 10, Nasarawa – 10, Bayelsa – seven, Ogun – five, Osun – five, Oyo – five, and Gombe – one.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 157,671, while 136,335 cases have been discharged and 1,951 deaths recorded.

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As of March 5, 2021, Nigeria has tested 1,544,008 samples for coronavirus and 19,385 cases are active.

Amid the rising figure of confirmed cases, the fight against the outbreak received a major boost on Tuesday as Nigeria took delivery of its first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.

The first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Tuesday afternoon via an Emirates airplane from India.

In preparation for the distribution, the Federal Government had said the vaccines would be administered in the order of priority, with the frontline health workers on the top of the list.

It noted that it would also consider the elderly and the strategic leaders in the country – such as the President and other key public office holders in the country.

See the breakdown of COVID-19 cases according to states below:

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 56,273 1,552 54,307 414
FCT 19,313 7,244 11,919 150
Plateau 8,939 99 8,783 57
Kaduna 8,610 173 8,374 63
Oyo 6,757 862 5,781 114
Rivers 6,597 247 6,253 97
Edo 4,641 315 4,151 175
Ogun 4,416 552 3,817 47
Kano 3,810 190 3,516 104
Ondo 3,066 928 2,080 58
Kwara 2,931 579 2,301 51
Delta 2,582 773 1,744 65
Osun 2,444 284 2,108 52
Nasarawa 2,247 1,861 373 13
Enugu 2,078 184 1,865 29
Katsina 2,060 1 2,025 34
Gombe 2,010 15 1,952 43
Ebonyi 1,928 350 1,547 31
Anambra 1,780 170 1,591 19
Akwa Ibom 1,572 572 986 14
Abia 1,555 46 1,488 21
Imo 1,528 93 1,407 28
Borno 1,297 195 1,064 38
Bauchi 1,232 19 1,196 17
Benue 1,188 575 591 22
Adamawa 942 641 270 31
Niger 917 483 417 17
Taraba 846 82 742 22
Ekiti 823 102 711 10
Bayelsa 779 13 740 26
Sokoto 769 741 28
Jigawa 496 56 429 11
Kebbi 398 61 323 14
Cross River 334 43 274 17
Yobe 288 28 251 9
Zamfara 220 -3 215 8
Kogi 5 3 2
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