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COVID-19: Nigeria records 880 fresh infections as NCDC raises alarm

The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Prevention Control (NCDC) has raised alarm over 880 additional coronavirus infections reported in Nigeria from July 2 to  8, though with no fatalities.

Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa
Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

The NCDC disclosed this via its official website on Saturday afternoon, that the country’s commercial capital city, Lagos State, is driving the nation’s latest COVID-19 surge.

Lagos State, the epicentre of the virus, accounted for more than 90 per cent of the new infections with 750 cases.

The data showed that the new cases had raised Nigeria’s infection toll to 258,517, while the fatality toll stood at 3,144.

The public health agency stated that about 4,206 people were still down with the virus while a total of 250,388 people were successfully treated and discharged so far in the country since the outbreak in February 2020.

Apart from Lagos State, a further breakdown of the latest cases showed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 45 cases, followed by Rivers with 40 infections.

Delta reported 11 cases, followed by Akwa Ibom with 11, Kano has five, Nasarawa has four and Plateau has one.

The agency said that three states, Abia, Kaduna, and Sokoto, reported no cases within the time frame.

The NCDC said it was based on the prevailing risk from the virus and the need for religious organisations, community leaders, and Nigerians, in general, to take necessary precautions during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

It added that the number of weekly COVID-19 cases had increased globally for the third consecutive week.

The agency said that COVID-19 might cause severe complications in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions.

“Take extra precautions to stay safe and avoid crowded places.

Maintain distance from anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, wash your hands regularly,” it advised.

The public health agency said that it was committed to preserving the health of the citizens.

“We serve even as we battle concurrent public health threats – COVID-19, monkeypox, Cholera, etc. Our interest is not in delivering bad news but in equipping citizens with the information they need to stay safe.

“We are being reminded that COVID-19 has not gone anywhere. I understand the fatigue and urge to return to our normal lives. We can do this whilst staying safe.

“As we continue to celebrate responsibly  and act to prevent a fifth COVID-19 wave,” it said.

The much-awaited summer lull in coronavirus cases doesn’t appear to be happening as COVID-19 infections continue to increase in much of the United States.

An earlier rise in cases this year was driven by the BA.2 Omicron subvariant now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported  that two other subvariant BA.4 and BA.5, constituted more than 70 per cent of new infections in the country.

These sub-variants might  partially escape the immunity produced by the vaccine and by prior infection, though vaccination still likely protected against severe illness.

Meanwhile, The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said the good news is that the vaccines and boosters continued to provide excellent protection against severe diseases.

Nigeria was also experiencing an uptick in transmission, as the positivity rate had increased steadily from July 2 to 8.

The NCDC did not state which subvariants accounted for the majority of the country’s COVID-19 infections.

By Abujah Racheal

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