Nigeria records 597 new COVID-19 cases, 17 more deaths

*More Nigerians have lost the fight against the pandemic as authorities reported 17 new deaths in the country, says Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the West African country continues to battle the spread of the third of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, more Nigerians have lost the fight against the pandemic as authorities have reported 17 new deaths.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed this in a late-night update on the outbreak of the disease in the country Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

The health regulatory agency stated with the new deaths, 2,573 people have so far died of complications related to COVID-19, with at least a death reported in each of the 36 states and the country’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Amid the battle against the third wave of the pandemic, the latest data from the health agency indicated that 597 fresh cases were confirmed in 13 states and the FCT.

According to NCDC, Lagos recorded the highest number of fresh infections Tuesday – 204 and was followed by Rivers, Edo, and FCT where 89, 65, and 50 fresh cases were confirmed respectively.

Others are Oyo – 47, Enugu – 46, Ekiti – 24, Cross River – 17, Delta – 15, Gombe – 15, Osun – 12, Plateau – six, Benue – five, and Kano – two.

It noted via its blog post on Facebook that “today’s (Tuesday) report includes zero cases from Abia, Nasarawa, Ondo, and Sokoto States.”

Following the fresh cases, Nigeria has now confirmed 196,487 infections, and 185,159 people have been successfully treated thus far.

The agency said that it had collected and tested a total of 2,884,034 samples, since the first case was reported late February 2020.

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