In the COVID-19 daily tally, Nigeria registered 665 new infections on Saturday, Aug. 14, according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
At least 181,962 persons have been infected since the pandemic started in Feb. 2020. Additional eight people died of disease on Saturday, taking the total number of deaths to 2,219.
Lagos continues to have the highest number of cases, recording 369 new infections, followed by Anambra with 68 cases. Oyo had 58 cases, Akwa Ibom, 48 cases, and Kwara, 28. Edo reported 21 cases, Ekiti reported 15 new cases, followed by Ondo with 13 cases. Delta had seven cases.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Ogun reported three cases each while Gombe recorded one infection.
The daily spikes have been attributed to the fast spreading Delta variant and ongoing doctors’ strike.
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.
At least 12,917 people are currently hospitalised across the country, representing 5.7 per cent of the positive cases.
About 166,826 persons have recuperated from the disease, making the country’s recovery rate stand at 93 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.2 per cent, one of the lowest rates in the world.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday, ranked Nigeria’s COVID-19 response as the fourth-best in the world.
Nigeria has administered 3.94 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, with 2.5 million persons receiving at least one dose, and 1.4 million people having been fully vaccinated. The West African country has tested over 2.4 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population.
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