#COVID19: Nigeria Records Lowest Cases In Third Wave With 168 New Infections

Nigeria has recorded the lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases since it entered the third wave.

Nigeria recorded 168 new COVID-19 infections, the lowest daily tally since the start of the third wave of the disease driven by the surge of the Delta variant.

According to the update from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos State reported 75 infections, followed by Abia State with 26 cases, on Sunday, Sept. 20. Niger state had 20 cases, with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) following closely with 15 cases. Benue and Ogun states recorded eight cases each while Osun State had seven cases. Edo State had three cases while Kaduna,Kano and Ondo states recorded two cases each.  

This brings the total confirmed cases to 201,798. At least 8,580 people were currently being hospitalised across the country, contributing four per cent of the total infections since the pandemic began.

With 190,563 people being discharged, the country’s recovery rate stood at 94 per cent. The death toll has also climbed up to 2,655 with one new fatality.

Nigeria has tested more than 2.9 million samples for the virus out of its roughly 200 million population. Until now, the country had been reporting a spike in cases above 400, with the  COVID-19 average test positivity rate standing at six per cent, according to the NCDC.

The agency said slowing down infections requires Nigerians to observe 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 5.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, with 4.1 million persons receiving at least one dose. Less than one per cent of its 200 million population has been fully vaccinated—1.7 million.

To increase its vaccination drive, the Nigerian government has introduced a corporate vaccination module that allows workers to get vaccinated in their office premises.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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