Nigeria records 709 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more fatalities

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THE total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has continued to rise as the country confirms more 709 new  infections.

.  Disclosing this in a tweeter message, today, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which manages disease outbreaks in the country noted that the new cases were reported in 20 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The statement revealed that unlike other times when Lagos recorded the highest number of single-day cases, Adamawa took the lead with 180 fresh infections.

The north-eastern state was trailed by Lagos which reported 141 new cases, as well as Ondo, Anambra, and Rivers which recorded 60, 54, and 41 cases respectively followed in the rank..

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Others included Taraba – 33, Edo – 30, Abia – 22, Kaduna – 22, FCT – 21, Akwa Ibom – 20, Kano – 20, Plateau – 11, Ekiti – 10, Kebbi – 10, Nasarawa – 10, Bayelsa – seven, Ogun – five, Osun – five, Oyo – five, and Gombe – one.

 This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 157,671, while 136,335 cases have been discharged and 1,951 deaths recorded.

As of March 5, 2021, Nigeria has tested 1,544,008 samples for coronavirus and 19,385 cases are active.

Amid the rising figure of confirmed cases, the fight against the outbreak received a major boost yesterday as Nigeria took delivery of its first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX, a World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the world.

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The first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja via an Emirates airplane from India.

In preparation for the distribution, the Federal Government had said the vaccines would be administered in the order of priority, with the frontline health workers on the top of the list.

It noted that it would also consider the elderly and the strategic leaders in the country

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