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Nigeria in fifth wave



… 1,332 new cases, three deaths in one week

NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has again warned of a possible fifth wave of COVID-19 in the country, given the resurgence in the number of confirmed cases. It disclosed that about 1,332 cases and three deaths were recorded in one week.

  Data obtained on Saturday from the latest situation report of the disease showed that testing in the country had reduced by 53.42 per cent while the country recorded 478 new cases between July 16 and 18, with Lagos State having 325 cases; Rivers State, 60; Federal Capital Territory, 29; Delta State, 25; Edo State, 17; Oyo State, eight; Kano State, six; Bayelsa four; and Ekiti four.

  From July 19 to 20, not less than 235 confirmed cases were recorded in six states and the FCT. Lagos had 138; Rivers, 36; Delta, 21; Kaduna, 17; FCT, 13; Edo, nine; and Kano, one case.

  Also from July 21 to 22, there was a sharp increase in the number of cases as the country recorded 619 new cases from Ekiti (364); Lagos (62); Rivers (58); Delta (27); FCT (22); Oyo (19); Cross River (16); Abia (14); Kano (12); Bayelsa (11); Nasarawa (eight); Gombe (three); Plateau (two) and Bauchi (one).

  Explaining that hospitalisation and fatalities had remained low, suggesting the recorded cases were mostly mild to moderate, NCDC also noted in its report that it had reached out to states to increase their testing, adding that addition of laboratories was ongoing.

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  The agency, therefore, called on states to ramp up testing as it asked Nigerians to embrace the safety protocols to curb the spread of the virus while regretting that in the last eight weeks, the test positivity ratio has continued to increase.

  But on Friday World Health Organisation reported that there were over 565 million cases globally, out of which over 6.3 million persons lost their lives. About 9,181,118 cases had however been confirmed in Africa. It noted also that over 12 billion doses of vaccines of the virus, covering first, second and booster jabs, had been administered as of July 19.

  It will be recalled that as of July 22, 2022, Nigeria has recorded no fewer than 260,339 confirmed cases. While 253,566 cases have been successfully discharged, 3,147 lost their lives to complications arising from the virus.

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