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Nigeria reports 138 new COVID-19 cases



Nigeria reports 138 new COVID-19 cases

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said it had recorded no deaths but registered 138 new cases of COVID-19 in the country as of October 2.

The NCDC said on its website on Sunday morning that the 138 additional infections brought the total infections in the country to 206,064.

Nigeria’s news agency reports that after days of consistent reporting of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the country recorded no deaths from the disease on Saturday.

The 138 new infections reported on Saturday were down from the 161 reported on Friday.

The third wave that arrived with the Delta variant of the virus, considered the most transmissible of all the variants, ravaged many states in the federation, including Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Delta and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) .

The public health agency noted that the country has not recorded any new deaths from the virus which has claimed 2,723 lives in the country.

The agency said the 138 additional new cases have been recorded in six states in the Federation and the CTF.

According to him, the FCT reported the highest number of infections with 51 cases, followed by Anambra 28 and Lagos State, the epicenter of the disease in Nigeria, with 24.

Among others, the north-central states of Bénoué and Plateau recorded nine and seven cases respectively.

In addition, Kaduna and Jigawa states in the northwest have recorded seven and only one case, respectively.

He noted that the latest infections included 18 cases reported in Benue state as of September 30 as well as October 1 and 2.

The NCDC said the number of known active cases in Nigeria now stands at 9,386, down from the 9,404 cases reported on Friday.

The public health agency said Nigeria has successfully treated and returned 193,893 people.

He noted that a multisectoral National Emergency Operations Center (COU), activated at level 2, continued to coordinate national response activities.

The NCDC added that more than 3,043,321 million samples of the virus from around 200 million people nationwide have been tested.

Source: NAN

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