COVID-19: Nigeria records 388 new cases, 8 deaths

Patients undergoing treatment at Covid -19 ward in Nigeria:

By Abujah Racheal

Nigeria reported 388 additional COVID-19 infections on Sunday Aug. 22, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has said.

The Public Health agency noted that eight COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, which increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,268.

The new infections indicated a decrease from the 1,064 cases announced on Sunday.

The new infections brings the total number of the virus logged in the country to 187,023 as of Aug. 22.

The NCDC made this known via its website on Monday morning,

It said the recent surge in infections was driven by the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

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).

Amongst 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 per cent.

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