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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge as 17 states, FCT report 535 new infections, five deaths 

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 Amarachi Okeh

17 states and the Federal Capital Territory reported 535 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to the figures released on Thursday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The 535 figure announced by the NCDC is the highest daily increase in the country since March 4, 2021, when 708 cases were registered.

The agency also reported five COVID-19 related deaths.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official website on Thursday.

According to the health agency, the 535 new cases were recorded from Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, FCT, Oyo, Jigawa, Edo and 11 other states.

Lagos with the the highest numbers for new infections reported 219 new cases, Akwa Ibom – 142, Oyo – 47, Rivers – 17, Jigawa -13, Edo – 13, Ekiti – 11, Bayelsa 11, Ondo- 10, Osun – 9, Plateau – 8, Ogun – 7, Kaduna – 7, Kano – 5, FCT – 5, Imo – 4, Gombe – 4 and Nasarawa – 3.

The NCDC said the 535 new COVID-19 infections have brought the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 172, 263

However, 164, 889 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country, the agency said.

With five COVID-19 related death reported, the death toll from the virus is now 2,139, 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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