Nigeria has racked up 643 new COVID-19 infections in 24 hours – a resurgence of the predominantly high daily numbers that have been a feature of the fight against the pandemic in Nigeria.
1st News reports that the 643 new cases have taken total confirmed cases in Nigeria to 34,259.
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, July 15. Specifically, the NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle.
Specifically, the 643 new cases were reported from 18 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The states include Lagos (230), Oyo (69), FCT (51), Edo (43), Osun (35), Rivers (30), Ebonyi (30) and Kaduna (28).
Others include Ogun (27), Ondo (23), Plateau (20), Benue (17), Enugu (16), Imo (10) and Delta (6). Also listed are Kano (4), Nasarawa (2), Kebbi (1) and Ekiti (1).
Meanwhile, six new casualties were also recorded on Wednesday. The latest casualties were also recorded nationwide. Consequently, the development has thus taken the death toll attributed to COVID-19 to 760.
Although the NCDC stated that no new state had reported a case in the past 24 hours; 1st News can confirm that the COVID-19 pandemic has already spread to all the states in Nigeria. Hence, no new state is expected to join the band-wagon.
Equally important, a total of 13,999 patients have recovered from the pandemic and discharged. The development comes as 207 new patients made fresh recoveries on Wednesday
Meanwhile, the NCDC in line with the national strategy on testing has continued to scale up diagnostic capacity for COVID-19. It revealed that 53 laboratories have now been activated for COVID-19 testing across 31 states in the country.
‘‘These include Federal, State, Private, and GeneXpert laboratories,” it announced.
In addition, the NCDC said it has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in a whole-of-society approach. It added that its primary goal is to ensure that states took ownership and drove the response.
Equally important, it stated that COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another less than six feet. It stressed the need for the wearing of a cloth face covering in public settings; especially when around people not living in your household.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states.