#COVID19: Nigeria Records Highest Daily In Third Wave

Nigeria has recorded the highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases in two weeks since it entered the third wave.

Nigeria recorded 790 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily increase in two weeks since the start of the third wave of the disease driven by the surge of the Delta variant.

The country also reported one more death on Wednesday, Aug. 11, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Lagos in the Southwest region and the country’s commercial capital, contributed 73 per cent of the new infections with  574 cases.

Coming second on the chart,  Rivers State, South-south Nigeria, reported 83 infections, followed by Ondo and Ogun states with 38 and 32 cases respectively.  Oyo had 23 cases.

Delta State recorded 10 cases while the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had nine cases and Ekiti State recorded seven cases. Edo recorded six cases while Osun recorded four infections.

Anambra and Bayelsa states recorded two infections each while Plateau state reported one.

At least 11,500 people are currently being hospitalised across the country with  166,213 others discharged.

The total confirmed cases in the country reached 179,908 with the fatality toll standing at 2,195. Nigeria has tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus out of its roughly 200 million population.

The country has been reporting a spike in cases above 400 mark but the country’s COVID-19 average test positivity rate is six per cent, according to the NCDC.

The agency said driving down infections requires Nigerians to protect themselves and others from getting sick by observing the Covid-19 preventive protocols.

The agency added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), which had been activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

So far, Nigeria has 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 received a donation of 4.08 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States on August 1.  The government rescheduled  the vaccine rollout for August 16.

“Vaccines are just one part of our COVID response and we must continue to rely on public health measures to keep our populations and our country safe,” the NCDC said.

“While we have all been affected by this pandemic, we have not been impacted equally. To fight COVID-19 effectively, we must address these inequalities and support the most vulnerable as they struggle to protect themselves.”

The Nigerian government is considering  reintroducing COVID-19 restrictions. It has already tightened travel restrictions in a bid to put a lid on rising cases of infections.

Some state governments have imposed restrictions on public gatherings, limiting large gatherings to only 50 people.

“All gatherings must be held in strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres, which include social distancing of six feet between worshippers, handwashing and wearing of face masks,” Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State, said on Tuesday.

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