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Over 180,000 Nigerians test COVID-19 positive

By News Desk

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that no fewer than 188,880 Nigerians have tested positive for coronavirus infection across the country.

As stated, a total of 637 additional infections and seven deaths were recorded on August 25, and that the new development indicates a decrease from the 655 cases reported on Tuesday.

Giving an update via its verified website on Thursday, the NCDC said that the seven COVID-19 related deaths recorded on Wednesday increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,288.

The agency said that there was a surge of the Delta variant in five states, and cautioned Nigerians that the Delta variant was much more contagious than previous versions of COVID-19.

It advised unvaccinated people to get vaccinated, adding that “everyone in areas of substantial/ high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated.”

The public health agency did not indicate if the majority of the known active cases were from the contagious Delta variant. It stated that over 2,727,834 million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested, with an average test positivity rate of six percent.

The agency said that the country had now successfully treated 169, 382 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 347 additional people on Wednesday. It added that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations center, activated at Level 2, has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

Meanwhile, the agency stated that the new cases were reported in 18 states and the FCT. The NCDC noted that Lagos state recorded the highest infections with 322, Rivers-70, Edo-54, Delta-34, Akwa Ibom-31, Kwara-31, FCT-29, Ekiti-17, Ogun-14, Osun-10, Kebbi-8, Cross River-5, Plateau-3, Taraba-3, Kaduna-2, Bayelsa-2, Benue, Enugu, and Kano, reported one each. According to the agency, six states; Gombe, Kano, Nasarawa, Oyo, Sokoto, and Zamfara reported zero cases.

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