The total COVID-19 positive cases in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have exceeded 200,000, driven by the Delta variant in the country.
The country recorded 299 new cases and three deaths on Wednesday, Sept. 15, according to an update by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). With this, the total confirmed cases stood at 200,356.
The centre said the new infections were reported in 15 states including Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Lagos recorded 120 cases, followed by Ondo and Rivers states with 110 and 74 cases respectively. FCT reported 58 cases while Oyo and Kaduna states followed closely with 31 and 15 cases respectively.
Bayelsa, Cross River and Delta reported 11 cases each, Kano recorded five infections and Ogun, four. Plateau State reported three cases, Adamawa had two cases, Ogun, one.
Nigeria ranks tenth on the list of African countries with the highest cases and hospitalisations, although the World Health Organisation (WHO) says Nigeria has the fourth best response to COVID-19 pandemic in the world.
At least 8,799 people were under hospitalisation for COVID-19 treatment while some 188,917 patients have been discharged so far since the pandemic started in Feb. 2020. The fatality toll stands at 2,640. Nigeria has tested 2.9 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population so far.
According to data from 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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