Nigeria

Nigeria records 50 new coronavirus cases, 1 death

The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has reported additional 50 new COVID-19 cases, as of July 5 and one death in its daily infection chart.

NCDC said, on its website on Tuesday morning, that the country’s active COVID-19 cases were still over 1,300, and that the additional positive samples of the virus were recorded in four states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It added that of the four states and the FCT that contributed to Monday’s infection tally, Lagos reported the highest figure of 31 new cases.

Yobe State reported 11 while the FCT recorded 4 and Rivers State registered one case.

According to NCDC, the new infections, which dropped from the 56 cases recorded a day earlier, increased the country’s tally to 167,909.

The agency said one COVID-19 related death was recorded on Monday, keeping the total fatality toll at 2,122.

However, NCDC noted that the country had tested a total of over 2.3 million samples from its roughly 200 million population.

According to the NCDC, a total of 164,400 people have recovered after treatment.

It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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