Covid -19 Crisis: 3 dead as Nigeria records 747 new cases, highest in 5 months

Covid -19 Crisis: 3 dead as Nigeria records 747 new cases, highest in 5 months. As Nigeria’s confirmed cases continue to rise, authorities are yet to officially declare a third wave of the pandemic.

The health agency said that the country’s active cases were over 7, 000, having tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus, out of the country’s roughly 200 million population.

The Nigeria Centre for the Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed in an update on its website that it has recorded three more deaths and 747 new cases of COVID-19 in various parts of the country.

It said that 32 people had recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the country on Monday, adding that total recoveries recorded nationwide stood at 165,037 as the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate national response activities.

The agency disclosed that the statistics were drawn from across 15 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed concerns over the rise in the number of COVID-19 -related fatalities recorded in the last week which presents a worrying trend of the third wave of the pandemic.

In a post on his official Facebook page, the governor of Lagos State described the increase in the number of cases as frightening. He stated that the infection rate in Lagos has increased eight-fold and has resulted in 4,300 confirmed cases in July while 352 patients have been admitted into the state-run isolation centres.

He, therefore, urged residents of Lagos and the whole country to be more vigilant and still adhere to all safety protocols, adding that 30 Covid-related deaths were recorded in the last six days.

In most parts of the state, residents have discarded the use of face masks. From markets to public buses, schools and places of worship, Lagosians seem to be unperturbed by the alarming increase in infections. Some major supermarkets, fast food outlets and restaurants have, however, maintained the mandatory requirement for customers to wear face masks and use hand sanitisers at the entrance before they can gain access into the building.

Meanwhile, the agency has put the country’s COVID-19 average test positivity rate at six per cent, saying that the increase in cases across states demonstrated that its surveillance system was working.

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