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Nigeria reports 497 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday



Nigeria reports 497 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded an additional 497 cases of COVID-19, adding to a recent spike in infections caused by the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

The NCDC made this known on its official website on Sunday morning.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the new infections indicate a decrease from the 590 cases announced on Friday.

COVID-19 cases continued to increase across Africa, including Nigeria, signaling the third wave as the country confirmed the lethal variants of the delta.

The NCDC said there were no additional COVID-19-related deaths on Saturday, keeping the death toll at 2,149 in total.

He said the 497 new cases were reported across 17 states and the FCT.

Lagos, according to the agency, reported 211 more cases and was followed by Akwa Ibom, Kwara and Osun states which recorded 80, 73 and 29 new infections, respectively.

The others included Oyo 17, Rivers 17, Cross River 15, Edo 14, Anambra 9, Ogun 8, Ekiti 6, Bayelsa 4, FCT 4, Plateau 4, Bauchi 2, Nasarawa 2, while Kaduna and Jigawa recorder 1 each, respectively. .

He said today’s report included cases reported in Kwara for July 30 (58) and July 31 (15).

“The cases reported for Edo State are for July 30 (12) and (2) for July 31, 2021.

“Zero cases reported in Sokoto and Kano states,” he said.

The NCDC said 16 people have recovered and were released from various isolation centers across the country on Saturday.

The public health agency said that to date, 164,994 recoveries have been recorded in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that a multisectoral national emergency operations center (COU), activated at level 2, continued to coordinate national response activities.

He noted that the country had also tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus from the country’s estimated 200 million people.

The NCDC said the country’s active cases stood at more than 6,777, with a total of infections reaching 173,908, as of July 31.

“We are all tired of this pandemic, but it is not yet tired of us. Now is not the time to let our guard down.

“It is important and life-saving to continue to respect public health measures, in particular the wearing of face masks and especially in overcrowded places,” he advised the public. (NAA)

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