Nigeria has recorded 541 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), as active cases in the West African country continue to rise.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which announced the news on Monday morning via its verified website, said the additional infections, while down from the 655 registered on Saturday, brought the total number of cases to 182,503.
According to the centre, the number of recognized active cases has risen to 13,152, up from 12,917 on Saturday.
However, the public health service did not specify the percentage of COVID-19 variations found in newly reported infections.
It identified 32 Delta variants in Nigeria as of Aug. 2, adding that they were observed in Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, and the FCT.
The NCDC stated that it was increasing its sequencing capability to have a better grasp of the burden of novel variations of concern to Nigeria.
Twelve states and the FCT were responsible for the 541 new infections, with Lagos accounting for 242, Akwa Ibom accounting for 94, Enugu accounting for 48, Oyo accounting for 48, and Anambra accounting for 34.
Rivers had 19, Ogun had 17, Ekiti had 15, FCT had 9, Kwara had 7, Abia had 5, Delta had 2, and Niger had one.
As of Sunday, August 15, no new COVID-19-related deaths had been documented, according to the NCDC. The overall number of Nigerians who died as a result of the virus was 2,219.
According to the NCDC, a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at Level 2 to continue coordinating national response actions.