COVID-19: No New Death as Nigeria Records 96 Infections Wednesday

Nigeria recorded no death from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the sixth day in the past nine days that nobody died from the disease.

Also, in continuation of a steady run of low infection figures, the country recorded 96 new cases on Wednesday, one of the lowest daily figures this year.

The new figure which is significantly lower than the 214 recorded a day earlier raised the total number of infections in the West African nation to 162,178.

This is according to an update published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Wednesday night.

In the past week, daily infections have fallen below 300; it averaged over 1,000 between December and early February. Deaths have also declined and with no new deaths on Wednesday, the fatalities in the country remain 2, 031 in total, according to the NCDC.

The data also suggest that Africa’s most populous nation may have gone past the worst phase of the virus, although experts warn it might be too early to celebrate.

The 96 new cases were reported from 15 states – Lagos (28), Yobe (20), Akwa Ibom (10), Cross River (9), Kaduna (6), Kano (5), Edo (4), Oyo (3), Plateau (3), Jigawa (2), Osun (2), Borno (1), Nasarawa (1), Rivers (1), and Sokoto (1).

Lagos had the highest figure with 28 new cases on Wednesday, followed by Yobe and Akwa Ibom with 20 and 10 new cases respectively.

Since the pandemic broke out in Nigeria in February last year, the country has carried out over 1.7 million tests.

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