Lagos Posts 712 Infections as Nigeria Announces 1,354 New COVID-19 Cases

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continued to surge in Nigeria with the West African country posting an unprecedented 1354 new cases of the disease.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in its daily update on Tuesday night, said the new figure eclipsed the 1,204 cases set on Monday.

On a state-by-state basis, Lagos State posted a new record 712 cases, more than the 645 reported on Monday.

The 1,354 cases came from 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.

But Lagos accounted for 55 per cent of the total, confirming that it remains the epicentre of the virus.

Overall the number of infections in the commercial capital of Nigeria is now 32,687, more than one third of the national total of 92,705 cases.

Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who recently contracted the virus took to Twitter Tuesday, warning citizens to be aware of the virus.

“There is an urgent need for us to be more circumspect in the way we live, interact and socialize with our friends and family”, he wrote.

“Many people are ignoring #COVID19 warnings and guidelines, thereby exposing themselves and others to the virus.

He also warned about a possible lockdown, should the virus spread get out of control.

“We are well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Yesterday, Lagos scarily recorded its highest number of infection in one day: 712.

“We have already recorded a frightening spike in infection cases.

“This spike brings positive cases to a total of 32,720 in Lagos alone”, he added.

According to the NCDC, there was one death recorded overnight, making the death toll inch up to 1,319.

The lone death occurred in Kaduna state, which now has a death toll of 54.

Also the cumulative number of the discharged went up to 76,396.

“Our discharges today include 324 community recoveries in Lagos State and 137 community recoveries in FCT managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC said.

Here is the breakdown of the cases Tuesday:

Lagos-712
FCT-145
Plateau-117
Kwara-81
Kaduna-54
Sokoto-39
Oyo-38
Rivers-37
Gombe-21
Enugu-20
Akwa Ibom-16
Bauchi-14
Delta-14
Ebonyi-13
Anambra-9
Taraba-8
Edo-8
Kano-3
Osun-2
Ekiti-2
Ogun-1

92,705 confirmed
76,396 discharged
1,319 deaths


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