On New Year eve, Nigeria recorded over one thousand new cases of COVID-19, an indication the second wave of the virus currently being experienced is not over yet.
A total of 1,031 new cases were recorded on Thursday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 87,510. The total death toll from COVID-19 in Nigeria also rose to 1,289 after 11 more people died on Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced.
The spike in new cases is feeding through into fatalities as hospitals and isolation centres are increasingly becoming overwhelmed. In the past 13 days, there have been 77 recorded deaths from the coronavirus. The NCDC on its microsite said the 1,031 new cases were discovered in 16 states.
Since early December, there has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Nigeria. Active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 some weeks ago to over 11,000 due to a rise in new infections.
The 1,031 new cases are reported from 16 states: Lagos (570), FCT (117), Kaduna (109), Nasarawa (34), Bauchi (31), Kano (28), Plateau (26), Sokoto (26), Ogun (25), Edo (18), Rivers (16), Abia (10), Imo (7), Taraba (6), Delta (4) and Osun (4).
So far, Nigeria has tested nearly 950,000 of its 200 million people.
1031 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,289 deaths pic.twitter.com/Oedf608nRa
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) December 31, 2020
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