Nigeria reported 379 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths on Monday, Sept. 5, according to government data.
Until now, the country had been reporting an increase in cases above 400, with the COVID-19 average test positivity rate standing at six per cent, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
As of Tuesday morning, there were 8,452 Nigerians currently hospitalised for the treatment of COVID-19, representing 4 per cent of the 195,890 total infections in the country, a data by the NCDC revealed.
The Centre said the fresh infections were spread across 18 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. In the latest data, Lagos reported the most infections with 138 cases.
Following closely, Rivers State reported 44 infections, followed by FCT with 26 cases. Ekiti State had 23 cases, Oyo (22), Akwa Ibom (18), Adamawa (17), Delta (17), Anambra (15), Edo (14) and Ogun (13).
Other states with fresh cases are Bayelsa (8), Niger (7), Kwara (6), Gombe (5), Plateau (4), Kaduna (1) and Kano (1).
Nigeria has tested more than 2.8 million samples for the virus out of its roughly 200 million population.
At least 184,882 have recovered from the disease, leaving the fatality toll at 2,556 – one of lowest death rates in the world. The country’s recovery rate stands at 94.4 per cent, though there is an ongoing doctors’ strike over pay and better working conditions.
Health experts, however, warn the strike may complicate Nigeria’s response to the third wave of the pandemic. The NCDC has urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 preventive measures and get the vaccine.
The government said it would clamp down on eligible citizens who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 amidst rising cases.
Faisal Shuaib, Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), said vaccine refusers endanger other people, thereby causing the health system to collapse again amidst the third wave of the pandemic.
So far, Nigeria has administered 4.4 million COVID-19 vaccines (Oxford-AstraZeneca or Moderna) with 1.7 million being fully vaccinated.
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