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COVID-19: NCDC records 479 new infections

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NCDC Director Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu PHOTO: Twitter

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 479 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 156,496.

The NCDC disclosed the figure on its official Twitter handles on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the outbreak of the disease in the country, the number of people who have contracted the virus has risen to 156,496, out of which 134,551 have recovered and discharged.

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The health agency recorded additional eight COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of fatalities to 1,923 since Feb. 27, 2020, when the index case was reported.

The NCDC stated that the 479 new infections were reported across 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which had 40.

Lagos State recorded 153 new cases but no death.

The NCDC stated that till date, 56,001 people have contracted COVID-19 in Lagos State, 53,805 of whom have fully recovered and discharged. It said 410 COVID-19 patients in the state had succumbed.

Other states which recorded new COVID-19 infections were Enugu-75; Rivers-50; Kaduna-18; Ebonyi-17; Plateau-17; Edo-17,’Borno-16 and Oyo-12.

Kano State reported 11; Abia-10; Cross River-10; Taraba-nine; Nasarawa-seven; Bauchi-four; Bayelsa-three; Delta-three; Ekiti-two; Niger-two; Ogun-two and Akwa Ibom-one.

The NCDC said that 647 people have been discharged from the various isolation centres in the country, after testing negative to the virus.

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The agency said that the number of active cases in the country have dropped to 19,613.

It noted that a multi-sectoral National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

Meanwhile, 368 days after it recorded its index case, Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

NCDC expressed the hope that the arrival of the vaccines would soon change the narrative.

“Together we shall win… One step closer to ending this pandemic. No one is safe, if all of us are not safe,” the health agency said.

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