Nigeria recorded 565 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours in a continuous spike in the nationwide daily tally, according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday night, Aug. 6.
With the new infections, the total confirmed cases in Nigeria rose to 177,142 while the death toll climbed to 2,181 with three additional fatalities.
Lagos continues to be the most infected, recording 348 new infections, followed by Rivers State with 70 cases. While Akwa Ibom State ranked third on the chart with 45 new cases, Oyo State, coming fourth, had 36 cases.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 24 while Ekiti State recorded 15 infections, and Kwara and Ogun States reported seven new cases each.
Gombe State reported three cases while Anambra and Kaduna reported two cases each.
Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Plateau, Kano and Sokoto states recorded one case each.
Though the daily tally continues on a spiking trend due to the fast spreading Delta variant and ongoing doctors’ strike, Nigeria’s active COVID-19 caseload so far stands at 9,542.
With 165,419 people recuperating from the disease, the national recovery rate stands at 93.3 per cent, while the case fatality rate is at 1.2per cent.
Nigeria has tested over 2.4 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population.
According to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria has administered 3.94 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, with 2.5 persons receiving at least one dose. Less than one per cent of its 200 million population has been fully vaccinated – 1.4 million.
But public health experts warn the ongoing resident doctors’ strike may complicate response to the COVID-19 situation, coupled with the less practice of sanitary protocols by Nigerians.
The doctors went on strike Monday, Aug. 2 over irregular pay, insurance benefits, and poor facilities, demanding better working conditions.
“We are asking the government to pay insurance benefits for 19 of our members who have died in the line of duty,” Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the National President of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) said.
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