Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 15 other states reported 636 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, according to figures released on Saturday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The health agency also reported 12 additional COVID-19 related deaths on its official website on Saturday taking the death toll from the virus to 2,211 since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lagos.
According to the agency, the 636 new cases were recorded from Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, Oyo, the FCT and 12 other states.
Lagos recorded the highest numbers for new infections with 291 cases. Other states that recorded cases are, Rivers – 117, Taraba – 58, Akwa Ibom – 54, Kwara – 28, Ekiti – 14, Ogun – 14, FCT -13, Oyo – 11, Edo – 9, Osun – 6, Bayelsa – 5, Delta – 4, Gombe – 4, Abia – 3, Plateau – 3, while Sokoto reported a single case.
The health agency said the 636 new COVID-19 infections have brought the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 181,297, although, 166,709 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country.
It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
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Recall that, on Wednesday, August 12th 2021, Nigeria recorded 790 cases of coronavirus infections, the country’s highest daily figure in six months.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the country received a shipment of 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the African Union.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Abuja, Dr Faisal Shuaib, who received the vaccine at the National Strategic Cold Store, in Abuja, said Nigeria was among the first 10 African countries to receive the vaccine through the partnership.
Shuaib said, “The 177,600 doses would step up efforts to battle a third wave of infections across the country, noting that the single-shot COVID-19 vaccine was the first of its monthly supplies under an arrangement with AU nations.
“Nigeria took delivery of 177,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, being part of the 29,850,000 doses that the Federal Government of Nigeria procured through the AVAT of the AU Commission through the facility provided by African Export-Import Bank. The balance of the vaccine will subsequently be delivered in monthly tranches.”