Covid: Nigeria records another daily high 590 new cases, eight deaths

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NIGERIA last night reported eight deaths from the coronavirus and confirmed 590 new cases, raising the country’s infection toll to 173,411.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via Facebook.

According to the update, the latest figure is higher when compared with 558 cases reported 24 hours earlier and ranks the latest highest daily tally since March 4 when 708 cases were reported.

The spread of the disease across 17 states of the federation and the FCT, also signals the consistent expansion of the distribution of the new cases.

In less than one week, Nigeria has steadily smashed previous records of highest daily tallies in months to indicate how swift the third wave of the pandemic is spreading.

On Saturday, the country recorded 317 new cases as its highest daily figure in four months, a record smashed by the 404 infections reported from 12 states and the FCT on Tuesday, which was also torpedoed by Thursday’s 535 cases.

The hitherto highest daily figure of 558 in four months announced for Thursday has once again been displaced by the 590 cases announced late Friday night by NCDC.

Meanwhile, with eight new fatalities, the total death toll in the country now stands at 2,149.

Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre and epicentre for the pandemic still reported the highest share of 308 cases followed by Akwa Ibom (54), Katsina (40) and Oyo (39).

Rivers had 26 cases, Niger (23), Gombe (19), Ogun (16), Ekiti (15), FCT (10) Nasarawa (10) while Delta reported nine cases with Bayelsa and Plateau reporting five cases each.

Imo State had four cases in the latest data while both Ebonyi and Jigawa states recorded three cases each and Kano, one.

The disease centre, however, noted that the cases reported for comprises the 12 cases recorded on July 28 and 11 recorded on Thursday.

Similarly, the NCDC noted that the data provided for Delta State comprises those recorded on July 10, 11, 13 and 29.

The disease centre further revealed that a total of 164,978 persons who contracted the virus and were treated at the various isolation centres have been discharged nationwide.

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