According to the daily Covid-19 updates by the NCDC, Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, and eight other states reported 626 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
In addition, the health agency also reported 14 COVID-19 related deaths.
According to the agency, 334 new cases were recorded from Lagos, while292 cases came from the FCT and eight other states.
Lagos recorded the highest number of new infections with 334 cases with Rivers following closely behind to record 134 new cases, Oyo – 60, FCT – 41, Osun – 20, Plateau – 14, Ogun – 9, Ekiti – 7, Kwara – 6, and Benue, a single case.
The 626 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday have brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 192,431.
However, 178,756 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country, the agency said.
With 14 COVID-19 related deaths reported, the death toll from the virus has risen to 2,469, NCDC said.
As vaccination exercises commence around the country, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has stated that the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination has commenced in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
He has enjoined state governors to encourage residents to participate in the vaccination process.
In addition, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday, said that the state would not make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for eligible residents.
Omotoso, in an interview, said the state planned to achieve herd immunity with the vaccination of over 60% of its population.
He stated, “There are over 22 million people in Lagos State; I do not know where we can get the vaccines to take care of all the people in the state. The idea of making it compulsory in my own opinion does not occur now.
“What we are considering in Lagos is to vaccinate at least 60% of people, who are qualified to receive the vaccine in order to achieve what the experts call herd immunity. We are expecting more vaccines to achieve this target.”