The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that no fewer than 187,023 Nigerians tested positive for coronavirus in its confirmed COVID-19 infections data as of August 22.
It said that the recent surge in infections was driven by the spread of the Delta variant in the country, adding that the country reported 388 additional COVID-19 infections on August 22.
The NCDC, through an update on its website on Monday morning, noted that the new infections indicated a decrease from the 1,064 cases announced on Sunday.
The Public Health agency noted that eight COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, which increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,268. It added that the new cases were reported in 11 states and the FCT.
The NCDC stated that Lagos State reported the highest infections of the day with 166 new cases, followed by Akwa Ibom (89), Rivers (76), and Oyo (15). Others were Edo (12), Benue (11), Delta (7), FCT (4), Ogun (4), Kaduna (2), Gombe (1), and Nasarawa (1).
The NCDC added that the country had successfully treated 168,455 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 135 additional patients on Sunday. The agency noted that the number of active coronavirus infections in the country had risen to 16,300, from 16, 055 reported on Saturday.
It stated that over 2.6 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 public health agency added that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations center (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.