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Covid-19: Nigeria records 29 deaths in four days as Infections continue to spread

Nigeria on Thursday recorded 11 additional deaths from Covid-19 raising the total death toll in four days to 29.

The west African nation recorded 566 new cases under the last 24 hours, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC said in an update on its Facebook page Thursday night.

According to the update obtained by FOLIO POST, the new infection figure has raised Nigeria’s total infection number to 176,577 while the fatality toll now stands at 2,178.

The recent spike in coronavirus cases caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant is beginning to feed through into fatalities.

Nigeria recorded 29 fatalities between Monday and Thursday amid the ongoing nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD believed to be putting more pressure on the country’s health system.

The doctors’ strike entered its fifth day Thursday with its biting consequences taking a toll on Nigerians.

Active cases in Nigeria have jumped to 9, 066 as of Thursday, according to NCDC data.

Breakdown

According to the NCDC, 12 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT contributed to the total infections recorded on Thursday.

A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that more than half of the daily infections in Nigeria on Wednesday was recorded in Lagos, the epicentre of the disease.

The commercial city reported 283 cases while Akwa Ibom followed with 88 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 62 cases.

Rivers state recorded 62 while the FCT had 18 infections. Ogun State in the South-west reported 12 new cases.

Kwara state registered 11 infections and Plateau reported 6, while Zamfara recorded 3, even as Kaduna and Katsina States had two cases each as the lowest figures in the log.

Meanwhile, according to the NCDC data, of the over 176,000 total cases, 165,323 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.

The centre added that Nigeria has tested over 2.5 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population.

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