Nigeria records 727 fresh COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says five more persons have died from COVID-19 complications as Nigeria recorded 559 fresh cases on Thursday.
The NCDC confirmed the infections in an update on its Facebook page on Friday morning.
The additional 727 COVID-19 infections, on Thursday indicate an increase from 559 cases reported on Wednesday.
The Public Health Agency attributed the surge of the third wave to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
According to the NCDC, 2,585 persons have died due to complications from the disease.
It stated that Thursday’s infections were confirmed in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“The 727 new cases are reported from 18 states – Rivers (257), Lagos (157), Edo (85), Imo (63), FCT (33), Delta (28), Kaduna (27), Benue (17) and Akwa Ibom (13).
”Ekiti (13), Taraba (12), Bayelsa (5), Kano (4), Ogun (4), Oyo (3), Abia, Nasarawa and Plateau reported two each respectively.
“Our today’s report includes; Positive 12 cases for Taraba State for Sept. 7. Cases for Edo State are backlogs from Sept., 7, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.
“Zero cases were reported from Ondo, Osun and Sokoto States, “ it stated.
The NCDC said that the active coronavirus cases in Nigeria were 9,089 with a total of 182,597 cases successfully treated and discharged after recovery as of Sept. 9.
It said that over 2. 8 million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
The centre noted that Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases had jumped to 197, 773 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) reported the Country’s COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Sept. 9, in 36 states and the FCT.
It said 3,812,120 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination had been reached with the first dose.
NPHCDA said also that 1,633,799 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination had been reached with second dose “fully vaccinated”.
“Vaccines safeguards children and makes them healthy, happy and disease-free.
“MDAs, public and private corporate organisation that require staff to be vaccinated should visit www.nphcda.gov.ng to fill the request form.
“These services would be provided at no cost to the MDAs and corporate bodies.
“States and LGAs should please note that no fees/levies should be mandated from corporate bodies when teams are sent to provide these services,” it stated.
The immunisation agency said if Nigerians had enquiries and concerns on COVID-19 vaccination, they should call the NPHCDA helpline on – 0700 220 1122.
It, however added that the helpline should be used responsibly.