Nigeria, on Sunday, Aug.22, reported eight deaths and 674 new COVID-19 infections, raising total confirmed cases to 185,267, according to government data.
The Nigeria Centre Disease Control (NCDC) said the fresh infections were spread across 12 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Lagos, the country’s epicentre of the pandemic, reported the most infections with 166, followed by Akwa Ibom with 89 infections, and Rivers State with 76 infections. Oyo reported 15 cases while Edo recorded 12 cases.
Other states with fresh cases are Benue (11), Delta (7), FCT (4), Ogun (4) Kaduna (2), Gombe (1) and Nasarawa (1).
More than 168,455 persons have, however, recovered from the disease, as 2,268 have so far died of it.
As of Monday morning, at least 16,300 persons were hospitalised amidst an ongoing doctors’ strike over pay and better working conditions.
Health experts 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.
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.
The country had begun its second phase of vaccination, having received four million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF),described the vaccines as the country’s “only hope out of COVID-19.”
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.
The J&J vaccine was obtained through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), with help from Afrexim bank.
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