Eleven patients died from COVID-19 on Friday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), bringing the new death toll from the pandemic to 2,211.
The NCDC confirmed the fatality figure on Saturday via its verified website, adding that the country logged 636 additional infections on Friday, 117 fewer than the 753 cases recorded on Thursday.
According to the agency, COVID-19 cumulative cases in the country now stands at 181,297, explaining that the additional 636 infections were confirmed in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It stated that Lagos State, which is the epicentre of COVID-19 in Nigeria, recorded the lion’s share on Friday with 291 cases, followed by Rivers with 117 cases, Taraba State 58; Akwa Ibom 54; Kwara 28; Ekiti and Ogun recorded 14 cases of infections each.
The FCT recorded 13 new cases; Oyo State 11; Edo 9; Osun 6; Bayelsa 5; Delta and Gombe 4 each; Abia and Plateau 3 each and Sokoto State 1.
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The NCDC stated that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 2 is coordinating the national response activities.
It noted that since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria in February 2020, it had tested more than 2,589,130, samples for the disease.
It further noted that 12,366 cases were still active in the country with many being managed at accredited isolation centres while others were being managed at home.
The agency disclosed that a total of 149 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged from various isolation centres on Friday.
The NCDC put the total recoveries nationwide since the onset of the pandemic at 166,709.
The World Health Organization (WHO), recently hailed Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, saying it is the fourth best in the world.
WHO’s Country’s Representative, Dr Walter Mulombo, disclosed this at the unveiling of the first consignment of 177,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine.
“Nigeria’s preparation for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination, involving more resources and logistics, is highly commendable”, he said.