Nigeria has shattered the record for the highest ever infection recorded in one day since record-keeping of COVID-19 commenced in Nigeria.
This was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The agency revealed that Nigeria had recorded 1,145 new cases of COVID-19. The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Thursday, December 17, 2020. It said that as of December 17, 2020; 1,145 new confirmed cases and one death were recorded in the country.
The latest figure surpasses the 930 cases recorded across the country on Wednesday, December 16, 2020; giving further indication that the country is experiencing a second wave of the virus.
Also, the NCDC revealed that one casualty was recorded in the last 24 hours in the country.
The new infections took Nigeria’s COVID-19 profile to 76, 207. Further, data from the NCDC shows that the new infections were recorded across 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 335 patients have also been discharged after testing negative from the virus.
Lagos, the epicentre of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria, recorded the highest number of infections with 459 cases. Also, the FCT, Kaduna, and Plateau confirmed 145, 138 and 80 new cases respectively.
Other states include Katsina-70, Gombe-52, Niger-31, Kano-23, Bayelsa -21, Bauchi-18, Ondo-18, Rivers-17, Ogun-12, Oyo-12 and Edo – eight. Also listed was Nasarawa- eight, Ebonyi- seven, Osun- six, Ekiti- five, Kebbi- five, Borno- four, Jigawa- three, Akwa Ibom- two and Anambra-one.
Meanwhile, the NCDC noted that till date, 76,207 cases have been confirmed; 67,110 cases have been discharged and 1,201 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
In Africa, the count for confirmed COVID-19 cases is 2,379,094; with 56,337 deaths resulting in a case fatality rate of 2.4 per cent. Globally, the count for confirmed COVID-19 cases is 70,829,855; with 1,605,091 deaths resulting in a case fatality rate of 2.3 per cent.
A total of 864,104 tests have been conducted since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in Nigeria.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.