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COVID-19: Nigeria reaches highest level in more than 4 months with 404 cases



COVID-19: Nigeria reaches highest level in more than 4 months with 404 cases

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that 404 additional COVID-19 infections and zero COVID-19-related deaths were recorded in Nigeria on July 27, 2021.

The NCDC revealed this on its official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the additional infections represent the highest number of daily cases recorded in more than four months, bringing the total to 171,728 and 2,134 victims.

This came a few weeks after the government confirmed the Delta COVID-19 variant in the country, the country’s coronavirus infection is on the rise.

The Delta variant is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.

The variant has been detected in over 100 countries and is expected to spread to other countries.

The variant has also been linked to an increase in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation.

Studies are underway to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapies.

According to available data from the NCDC, a total of 4,010 cases have been recorded so far in July, a significant increase from the 1,100 and 1,394 recorded in June and May 2021, respectively.

Nigeria’s public health agency said all 404 infections have been reported in 11 states.

He said Lagos State, which contributed the highest number, reported 356 during the day under review.

This, he added, was followed by Rivers who recorded 18 cases, FCT (7), Ekiti (5), Kaduna (5), Gombe (3), Kano (3), Edo (2), Ogun (2), Bayelsa (1), Plateau (1) and Nasarawa (1).

The NCDC revealed that 39 people have recovered and been released from various isolation centers across the country, but no deaths were recorded on Tuesday.

The public health agency added that to date, 164,837 recoveries have been recorded nationwide in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The agency ensured that a multisectoral national emergency operations center (COU), activated at level 2, continues to coordinate national response activities.

The NCDC added that the country has also tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus from the country’s estimated 200 million people.

He added that the country’s active cases stood at 4,737 as of July 27.

The NCDC, however, advised Nigerians to protect themselves from COVID-19, as the virus continues to spread across the country and the variants circulated.

“Take steps to protect yourself from the virus. Get vaccinated against COVID-19, when available.

“Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others.

“Stay six feet away from others who don’t live with you.

“Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and wash your hands often with soap and water.

“Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available,” he further advised. (NAN)

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