For the first time in a long while, no fatalities were recorded in Nigeria’s battle against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
While this development may be construed as a sign that the country is gradually winning the war; the fact that new infections are hardly abating remains a huge source of concern.
On Wednesday, August 12, Nigeria racked up 453 new cases of COVID-19. Consequently, the development has seen total confirmed cases rise to 47, 743. The foregoing was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Equally important, the NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.
While the NCDC revealed that, till date, 47,743 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria, it also disclosed that a total of 33,943 patients have been discharged so far. Furthermore, the death toll attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic stands at 956.
Meanwhile, a breakdown of the 453 new cases shows that they were reported from 15 states; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Details reveal that Lagos, Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre came out tops with 113 new cases. The FCT followed suit with 72 cases. Others include Plateau (59), Enugu (55), Kaduna (38), Ondo (32), Osun (26), Ebonyi (20), Ogun (9), Delta (8), Borno (7); Akwa Ibom (6), Oyo (5), Bauchi (1), Kano (1) and Ekiti (1).
Furthermore, statistics released by the NCDC shows that eight states including Lagos, FCT, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Kano, Rivers and Ogun; are mainly responsible for over 70 per cent of the COVID-19 cases recorded in Nigeria.
Also, Nigerians have been advised not to relent in complying with the COVID-19 preventive guidelines from the NCDC.
“Wearing face masks could prevent nearly 75,000 COVID-19 deaths in Africa. Over 600 coronavirus deaths could be prevented in Nigeria if people adhere to non-pharmaceutical preventive measures,” it stated.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.