Nigeria records 23 COVID-19 related deaths as infections spread


Nigeria on Thursday recorded 23 COVID-19 related deaths, its highest daily death toll since the start of 2021. 1,479 new cases were also reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The agency said that the 23 new deaths brought the nation’s death toll to 1, 405.

The NCDC made this known on its official website on Thursday night.

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It said the 1, 479 newly registered infections were reported in the last 24 hours across the country, adding that the nation’s confirmed cases now stand at 105, 478.

NCDC said the 1, 479 COVID-19 new infections were reported from 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to NCDC, Lagos takes the lead with 697 new infections, followed by FCT with 201, Nasarawa- 80 and Plateau recorded 74 cases.

Other states with new cases are: Rivers- 72, Edo- 46, Adamawa- 43, Osun- 39, Akwa Ibom- 35, Delta- 31, Anambra- 27, Oyo- 24, Kano- 21, Abia- 19, Enugu-19, Ogun-18, Sokoto-12, Bauchi-seven, Taraba- seven, Ekiti- four, Gombe- four, Imo- four, Bayelsa- two, Jigawa- two and Zamfara- one.

“As at 14th January 2021, there are 105, 478 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria, 83, 830 discharged and 1,405 dead.

“Our discharges today include 642 community recoveries in Lagos State, 312 in Oyo State and 99 in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines,” it said.

NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, was coordinating response activities nationwide.

Meanwhile, the NCDC with support from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), have activated a short code– “6232”.

“This number has been introduced as a means for the public to contact NCDC’s Connect Centre and access verified information on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

“The short code is a toll free and easy-to-remember number, which means that all calls to NCDC through ‘6232’ are free of charge.

“This is to ensure all Nigerians have access to verified information on infectious diseases.

“In 2016, NCDC established its Connect Centre as a critical aspect of its event-based surveillance and risk communications strategy.

“Over the years, this has been used for the response to infectious disease outbreaks such as Lassa fever, monkeypox, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis etc,” it said.

In week one of 2021, the number of new confirmed cases increased to 9,940 from 5,733 in week 53 of 2020, these were reported in 34 states and the FCT.

The number of discharged cases increased to 4,986 from 4,010 in week 53. These were reported in 27 states and FCT.

Cumulatively, since the outbreak began in week 9, 2020, there have been 1,358 deaths reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.5%.

The number of reported deaths in the last one week was 47 from 16 states and the FCT.