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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge as 15 states, FCT report 1,149 new cases, seven deaths 

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Amarachi Okeh 

Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 14 other states reported 1,149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to figures released on Thursday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The health agency also reported seven COVID-19 related deaths. 

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Thursday.

According to the agency, the 1,149 new cases were recorded from Lagos, the FCT and 14 other states.

Lagos recorded the highest numbers for new infections with 680 new cases, Rivers – 157, Akwa Ibom – 94, Oyo – 56, Edo – 36, FCT – 34, Ogun – 31, Ekiti – 20, Delta – 16, Abia – 5, Nasarawa – 5, Osun – 5, Cross River – 4, Plateau – 3, Sokoto – 2 while Kano reported only a single case.

The health agency said the 1149 new COVID-19 infections have brought the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 184, 593.

While the NCDC noted that the surge is driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant and the low vaccination rate in the country, it, however, did not state the percentage of the Delta variant in the active cases in the country.

However, 167, 738 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country, the agency said.

With seven deaths reported, the death toll from the virus has risen to 2,236, NCDC said.

It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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