Nigeria’s third wave of COVID-19 is setting records with active cases nearing 10,000 in daily spikes, driven by the Delta variant.
At least 473 new cases and four deaths were reported in 12 states on Saturday, Aug. 7, according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Lagos, the epicentre of the virus in the country, recorded 323 cases, followed by Akwa-Ibom State with 46 cases while Rivers State followed closely with 41 cases.
The Federal Capital Territory reported 20 cases and Ekiti State recorded 12.
Osun and Oyo states reported nine new cases each while Ogun State recorded six, Bayelsa, three.
Anambra, Edo, Nasarawa, and Plateau states reported one case each.
With this, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 177,615 and 2.5 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population tested so far.
The fatality toll stands at 2,185 with 165,472 people having recovered and have been discharged from hospitals across the country.
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.
After receiving a donation of four million doses of Moderna Vaccine from the United States, officials said the administration of the second batch of vaccines will begin on Aug. 10.
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