Nigeria records 84 new coronavirus cases, one more death


The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria on Saturday recorded 84 new COVID-19 infections and a single fatality from the disease, according to health authorities.

With one death on Saturday, the total deaths from the disease in the country rose to 2,060.

This is according to an update published by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Saturday night.

The 83 new infections from 13 states are slightly higher than the 71 cases reported a day earlier.

The new figure raised the total number of infections in the West African nation to 163, 736.

In the past one week, there has been a further decline in new cases as daily infections have fallen below 200. Daily infections averaged over 1,000 between December 2020 and February 2021, during the peak of the pandemic.

The 84 new cases were reported from 13 states – Lagos (26), Akwa Ibom (16), Rivers (10), Ebonyi (9), Abia (6), Kano (6), Osun (3), Bauchi (2), Delta (2), Edo (1), Jigawa (1), Kaduna (1), and Ogun (1).

Again, Lagos led on Saturday with 26 new cases to extend its lead as the most impacted by COVID-19 in the country.

Nearly 58,000 infections have been recorded in Lagos, about one third of the country’s total. One-quarter of the total deaths from the disease were reported from the commercial city.

Since the pandemic broke out in Nigeria in February last year, the country has carried out over 1.8 million tests.

More than two-thirds of the over 163,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria have recovered after treatment.

According to the NCDC, over 154,098 patients have recovered after treatment.

Meanwhile, nearly 8,000 infections are still active in the country.

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