New COVID-19 infections have risen sharply in Nigeria after 176 cases were confirmed within a 24-hour period.
The 176 new cases have taken Nigeria’s infection profile to 57,437.
The development was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Equally important, the NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.
Furthermore, the NCDC disclosed that the new cases were reported from 13 states of the federation; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73. Others include Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5) and Edo (3). Also listed are Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).
The NCDC disclosed that till date, 57, 613 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria; 48, 836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country. Therefore, the NCDC noted that subnational understanding of transmission was critical.
“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.
Also, the NCDC said that the most common signs and symptoms reported by COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were cough and fever. The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.
“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.
The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps. Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.