Nigeria’s third wave of COVID-19 is setting records with total positive cases nearing 200,000 in daily tally, driven by the Delta variant.
At least 387 new cases and 21 deaths were reported in 16 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday, Sept. 13, according to an update by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). With this, the total confirmed cases stood at 199,538.
Lagos recorded 114 cases, followed by Rivers State with 91 cases. FCT reported 88 cases while Edo and Delta states followed closely with 31 and 28 cases respectively.
Kwara reported 20 cases, Bayelsa recorded 18 infections and Akwa-Ibom,15 . Oyo reported 10 cases, Osun, 8 cases and Gombe and Plateau state reported five cases each. Ekiti had four cases, Ogun, three while Kano and Kaduna states had two and one cases respectively.
The country ranks tenth on the list of African countries with the highest cases and hospitalisations.
As of Tuesday morning, at least 8,492 people were under hospitalisation for Covid-19 treatment while some 188,427 patients have been discharged so far since the pandemic started in Feb. 2020. The fatality toll stands at 2,619.
Nigeria has tested 2.9 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population tested so far.
According to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria has administered 5.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, with 4 million persons receiving at least one dose. Less than one per cent of its 200 million population has been fully vaccinated—1.6 million.
In hopes of increasing 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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