According to a weekly epidemiology report from July 5 to July 11, 2021, posted on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s website, several states have reduced testing, while the country’s overall number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 77%.
Bauchi (one), Sokoto (one), Zamfara (one), Kogi (three), Yobe (three), Nasarawa (five), and Niger (one) are the states with the highest number of tests, according to the NCDC website (five).
Cases increased from 392 two weeks ago to 693 last week (July 5 to July 11).
From 433 discharges two weeks ago to 57 discharges last week, the number of discharges (recoveries) has decreased by 87%.
In the last week, testing improved by 29%, from 28,656 tests in 32 states to 36,965 exams in 34 states.
Seven states did poorly, with fewer than ten persons tested in a week. Lagos (15,673), FCT (5,405), and Rivers (3,991) had the most COVID-19 samples analyzed. COVID-19 has been confirmed in 169,884 people, with 2,128 deaths.
In the report, the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, urged Nigerians to take safety and health precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, especially since the fatal Delta form was discovered in the country.
Recall that, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government added South Africa to the list of countries that cannot have flights into Nigeria.
This was revealed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19. Mustapha also revealed that the Federal Government’s decision affects Zambia, Rwanda, Namibia, and Uganda, in addition to Turkey, Brazil, and India.
He explained that South Africa had over 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in the previous week, with 20,000 occurring in the previous 24 hours.
Mustapha listed the four major variants of concern as Alpha (UK), Beta (SA), Gamma (Brazil), and Delta (India), adding that the Delta variant, which had wreaked havoc, has yet to be discovered in Nigeria.
He also stated that the work-from-home program for federal government employees in Grades 12 and below, which had been in place for six months, would continue. This, he claimed, was to prevent a third COVID-19 wave.