2. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 346 new coronavirus infections in 18 states, according health authorities.

The new figure is slightly lower than the 371 new cases recorded in the previous 24-hour cycle.

With the latest figure, the total infection tally in the country is now 159,252, according to an update published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Tuesday night.

Nigeria suffered its worst phase of the COVID-19 outbreak between December and January as daily infections averaged over 1,000.

Recently, however, infection figures have been relatively low with daily cases hovering between 195 and 709 in the past two weeks.

The 195 cases on Saturday are the lowest reported since August 31, 2020, when there were 138 new infections.

While Nigeria’s COVID-19 daily infection figures have significantly reduced, the death tally from the disease has continued to rise indicating that the country is not yet out of the woods.

About 1,988 deaths have now been recorded from coronavirus in Nigeria after six more people died on Tuesday, according to NCDC data.

Tuesday’s death figure is lower than the 13 deaths recorded on Monday and raised the fatality toll in the past one week to 81 in total.

Health experts believe the official data under-reports both infections and deaths because of the country’s limited testing capacity.

The 346 new cases were reported from 18 states – Lagos (86), Bauchi (64), Kaduna (26), Kwara (26), FCT (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (22), Ogun (16), Ebonyi (14), Bayelsa (12), Cross River (10), Edo (8), Akwa Ibom (5), Ekiti (3), Gombe (2), Kano (2), Osun (2), and Delta (1).

Lagos had the highest toll in Tuesday’s tally with 86 new cases followed by Bauchi and Kaduna with 64 and 26 infections respectively.

Since the pandemic broke out in Nigeria in February last year, the country has carried out over 1.6 million tests.

More than two-thirds of the over 159,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria have recovered after treatment.

According to NCDC data published Monday night, a total of 139,056 have recovered after treatment.

Meanwhile, over 18,000 infections are still active in the country.

Nigeria on Friday commenced the vaccination of its citizens after receiving almost four million doses of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccines.

Priority is being given to health workers and other essential service providers.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were vaccinated on Saturday.

On Monday, the government announced that the vaccines were being distributed to various states.

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