*As Country Records 1,683 Cases in 3 Days
Ade-Ade Bosun, Abuja
The Covid-19 infection rate in Nigeria is taking a persistent upward swing as the country is now recording more than 500 cases on a daily basis, at least, as recorded in the last three days. That is in addition to the fact that relevant agencies in the country are struggling to deal with the new and more infectious Delta variant.
The disclosure was made, Saturday morning, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, which said that Nigeria recorded 590 new infection cases in the last 24 hours. According to the commission, whereas 535 cases were recorded on Wednesday, July 28, Thursday’s figure stood at 558, topped by Friday’s reported infection cases of 590. The figure is said to represent the country’s single daily infection rate since March 4, 2921 when reported infection cases stood at 708 all of which brings the country’s total tally 173,411 out of which the death toll stands at 2,148 and recovery, 164,978.
The new figures, according to the NCDC, were reported from 17 of the country’s 36 states, plus the FCT, where there appears to be some disturbing infection trend.
Almost as always sits at the infection podium with 306 new infections, followed by Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Oyo, Rivers, Niger, Gombe, Ogun, Ekiti, the FCT, Nasarawa, Delta, Bayelsa, Plateau, each, Imo, Ebonyi Jigawa and Kano states respectively.
While Akwa recorded 54 new cases in the last 24 hours, Katsina, Oyo and Rivers recorded 40, 39 and 26. Niger recorded 23, with Gombe, Ogun and Ekiti holding 23, 16 and 15 respectively.
FCT and Nasarawa had 10 each with Delta coming up with 9. Bayelsa and Plateau had 5 each, Imo 4, Ebonyi and Jigawa 3. Kano comes last with one recorded over the time under review.
The NCDC warned that though a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, EOC, activated at Level 2, is still in force, Nigerians must continue to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols as vaccines alone won’t stop community transmission.
“Nigerians need to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces even if they were vaccinated.
People cannot feel safe just because they have been vaccinated. They still need to protect themselves,” NCDC stated.