By Grace Audu –
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have reported 187,023 total confirmed COVID-19 infections in Nigeria as of Aug. 22.
On Monday morning, NCDC announced via its verified website, that the country has recorded 388 new COVID-19 cases on August 22.
The proliferation of the Delta variety across the country, according to the report, is to blame for the recent spike in infections.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the new infections indicated a decrease from the 1,064 cases that was announced on Sunday.
The Public Health agency noted that eight COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, which increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,268.
Adding that the new cases were reported in 11 states and the FCT.
NCDC stated that Lagos State reported the highest infections of the day with 166 new cases, followed by Akwa Ibom (89), Rivers (76) and Oyo (15).
Amongst others were; Edo (12), Benue (11), Delta (7), FCT (4), Ogun (4), Kaduna (2), Gombe (1) and Nasarawa (1).
NCDC added that the country had successfully treated 168,455 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 135 additional patients on Sunday.
The agency noted that the number of active coronavirus infections in the country had risen to 16,300, from 16, 055 reported on Saturday.
It stated that over 2.6 million samples of the virus, out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population, were tested, with an average test positivity rate of six per cent.
The public health agency added that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.