Nigeria has continued to report more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than any other time before the start of the third wave.
According to the data by the Nigeria Centre Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, Aug. 30, the country recorded 93 deaths, a day after it recorded the highest death toll at 53.
The death data includes a backlog of fatalities recorded in Lagos State in previous weeks, driving total fatalities to 2,454, the NCDC said.
It also reported 367 new infections including the backlog of cases from Delta State from Aug. 26 to 28, as total confirmed cases hit 191,345.
The fresh infections were spread across 15 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, according to the NCDC.
Lagos, which has been having the highest cases reported the most infections with 200, followed by Oyo with 33 infections, and Kwara State with 30 infections. Akwa Ibom reported 24 cases while Ogun recorded 17 cases.
Other states with fresh cases are Ekiti (15), Plateau (7), FCT (5), Anambra (3), Edo (3), Bayelsa (1), Kaduna (1), and Kano (1).
As of Monday morning, at least 10,608 Nigerians were hospitalised for the treatment of COVID-19 virus, with more than 178,283 persons recovering from the disease.
According to the NCDC, the country has tested 2,779,725 samples so far. The agency has urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 preventive measures and get the vaccine.
In its first phase of vaccination drive, Nigeria administered 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines so far, with 2.5 million persons receiving at least one dose. Less than one per cent of its 200 million population has been fully vaccinated – 1.4 million.
On Monday, Aug. 16, the country began its second phase of vaccination, having received four million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States.
Nigeria had also taken delivery of 177,600 doses of the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine expected to be deployed to hard-to-reach places.
It also received another donation of about 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Kingdom with Lagos State pioneering the vaccine rollout for the second dose on Monday.
According to Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the spokesperson for the State Ministry of Health, vaccine exercise would run for 20 days, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 24.
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