#Covid19: Nigeria’s Active Cases Exceed 10,000 With 471 New Infections

In just seven days after the announcement of a third wave of COVID-19, there has been a 10 percent spike in daily infections with active caseload standing at 10,126.

Nigeria’s active COVID-19 cases have crossed the 10,000 threshold as the country reported 471 new infections and two deaths in 13 states on Sunday, Aug. 8, data by the Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has shown.

With this, the total confirmed cases stands at 178,086 while fatalities rose to 2,187, and recoveries at 165,763.

Lagos, topping the virus chart, recorded 219 cases, followed by Akwa-Ibom State with 102 cases while Ondo State followed closely with 37 cases. Oyo State reported 33 new cases  while Kwara State recorded 19, Rivers has 16. Ekiti recorded 15, followed by Delta with 14 cases and Ogun seven. The Federal Capital Territory reported five cases and Niger State recorded two cases.  Edo and Katsina states reported one case each.

Since the Nigerian government announced the third wave of COVID-19 on Aug. 2, infection rate has risen by 10 per cent across the 36 states when compared with the previous week’s tally, according to a review of NCDC data by HumAngle.

The spike in daily infections has been attributed to the spread of the more contagious Delta variant amidst an ongoing doctors’ strike over pay.

In combating the resurgence, the NCDC said a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), which had been activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

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 recently received a donation of 4.08 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States on August 1 but the government cancelled the vaccine rollout scheduled for Aug. 10 due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

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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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