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COVID-19: 791 new cases recorded, 523 from Lagos—NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Thursday revealed that no fewer than 25 persons have died from COVID-19 between January 1 and January 5, 2022.

Lagos State, the epicentre of the disease, contributed more to the number of infections with 523 cases.

The new data confirms the fluctuation in the rising cases of fresh infections but a consistent increase in fatality with Nigeria recording 31 deaths between December 31, 2021 and January 6, 2022.

Nigeria on Thursday recorded eight deaths and 791 fresh COVID-19 cases across 13 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

With the new confirmed cases, the infection toll has increased to 246,195 while the fatality toll now stands at 3,066.

The new data confirms the fluctuation in the rising cases of fresh infections but a consistent increase in fatality with Nigeria recording 31 deaths between December 31, 2021 and January 6, 2022.

According to the latest data, the number of discharged cases now stands at 217,509, as the FCT also reported 108 discharged cases, including 102 community discharges.

Apart from Lagos State, the FCT came second on the log with 84 cases, followed by two South-western states of Oyo and Ondo with 48 and 35 cases respectively.

Next on the log are: Kano State with 22 cases; Borno, 16; Delta and Edo, 15 cases each, while Ogun and Jigawa states reported nine and seven cases respectively.

While Bauchi and Plateau States reported six and five cases respectively, Rivers and Bayelsa States reported four and two cases respectively.

Meanwhile, the Africa Centre for Disease Contre said Nigeria had experienced a 249 percent increase in new deaths as a result of COVID-19 just as they received a tally of epidemiological reports issued by the NCDC.

The Director of the Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, during a virtual briefing of journalists, added that 547 million doses of vaccine had been procured by the 54-member states of the African Union, while 326 million had been administered.

He said, “There has been an overall eight per cent average increase in new deaths reported in Africa. The breakdown of the deaths by most populous countries are as follows; Nigeria, 249 per cent average increase; Kenya, 215 per cent average increase; South Africa, 34 per cent average increase; and Ethiopia, 12 per cent average increase.

“To date, 547 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been procured by 54 member states; 326 million doses have been administered, which corresponds to 59.7 per cent of the total supply available in Africa.

“The following five countries have administered the most vaccine doses in Africa: Morocco, 50.6 million; Egypt, 48.7 million; South Africa, 28.2 million; Nigeria, 15.6 million; and that is just 38.3 per cent of the total supplies received; and Mozambique, with 15.5 million.

“The total number of J & J deliveries to 34 AU member states totals about 32.5 million doses.”

The NCDC, in a fresh directory, however, advised public settings, including the transportation industry, religious settings, businesses and markets to ensure adherence to public health and safety measures.

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