Nigeria records one coronavirus death, 44 new infections

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 Centre for Disease Control reported one more death in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths from the disease in Nigeria to 2,066.

The centre also reported 44 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 165,559.

The NCDC made the disclosure on its official Twitter handle late on Wednesday.

Newsmen report that Nigeria has tested 1,977,479 people since the virus hit Africa’s most populous nation on Feb. 27 last year.

NCDC announced that the new cases were reported in four states, with Lagos and Rivers recording the highest numbers with 28 and 14 cases respectively.

Akwa-Ibom and Ekiti States reported one case each.

According to the public health agency, the country’s active cases stand at 7,092.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate national response activities.

Meanwhile, the public health agency disclosed that the coronavirus could live on surfaces for several hours.

“#TakeResponsibility to limit or avoid sharing personal items such as the Quran, prayer mats and kettles for ablution.

“Wear a face mask, observe physical distancing and wash your hands.

“Let’s celebrate EidAlFitr safely,” the agency advised.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency had said that only people from 18 years and above would be vaccinated in four phases.

The current phase of vaccination covers health workers and other frontline workers, although Nigerians from other groups are also getting vaccinated.

As of May 12, Nigeria has inoculated a total of 1,748, 242, representing 86.9 per cent of the 4.1 million Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine received in the country on March 2 this year.

The Presidential Steering Committee has also approved the commencement of the second dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccination in all states of the federation and the FCT.

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