The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 1,867 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded across 23 states of the country, and the Federal Capital Territory.
Lagos led the infection rate with 713 cases.
The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov.
Other affected states are: Plateau-273; FCT-199; Kaduna-117; Oyo-79; Enugu-58; Ondo-53 Kano-49 Sokoto-43 Ogun-37 Osun-37 Nasarawa-36 Rivers-28 Benue-24 Delta-24 Niger-24 Gombe-18 Edo-15 Taraba-12 Bayelsa-10 Ekiti-9 Borno-6 Zamfara-2 Jigawa-1
Speaking further, NCDC said, “Our discharges today include 277 community recoveries in Lagos State, 150 in Kaduna State and 78 in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines.”
Speaking about the ongoing spread of new variants of the virus, Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said, “Viruses mutate, emergence of new variant strains of COVID-19 isn’t news,” assuring that, “Genomic sequencing in Nigeria, done with the authorities at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, shows no evidence yet of variants associated with increased transmission, but we’re looking.”
He noted that an effective and sensitive surveillance system is critical for timely detection and response to disease outbreaks.
“This week’s epidemiological report – #NCDCWER focuses on ongoing efforts to strengthen disease surveillance in Nigeria,” Ihekweazu noted.
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