COVID-19: Nigeria reports 565 new cases, 8 deaths – NCDC

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By Grace Audu (HEALTH CORRESPONDENT)

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) stated that Nigeria has reported 565 new COVD-19 cases and eight deaths on Monday.

This was announced by the NCDC on Tuesday.

According to NCDC, this raises the overall number of infections to 187, 588 since the index case in 2020.

The highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country, according to the NCDC, are to blame for the spike.

NCDC also revealed that, eight COVID-19-related deaths were confirmed on Monday, increasing the total number of fatalities to 2,276.

The NCDC stated that the new cases were reported in 13 states and the FCT.

It noted that Lagos state recorded the highest infections with 205  while Rivers followed with 73 cases, Ondo-63, FCT-53, Oyo-53, Ekiti-37, Delta-24, Edo-20, and Benue-12.

Others are Bayelsa-six, Kwara-six, Osun-six, Ogun-five, and Adamawa-two.

According to the centre,  Monday’s  report includes a backlog of cases of seven cases reported from Benue on Aug. 17 ,  one on Aug.  18  and four on Aug. 19.

The Public Health agency did not indicate if majority of the known active cases were from the contagious Delta variant.

The agency stated that over 2,727,834 million people had been tested while 168,818 patients recovered following the discharge of 363 additional people on Sunday.

The centre added that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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