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COVID-19: Nigeria records over 16,000 cases in 2 weeks as NCDC confirms 1,244 new infections

…the country battles the raging second wave of infections across the country.

Nigeria, for the eighth consecutive day, recorded over 1,000 new cases in its daily count of coronavirus infections, according to available details from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The health agency confirmed 1,244 new positive samples across 17 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) in its update for January 11, 2021.

The new figure comes amid concerns by the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 over a spike of the virus, as the country battles the raging second wave of infections across the country.

Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha at a media briefing on Monday said, “The current wave of infections is swift and virulent and we do not know how long it will last.”

“Besides, the facilities available for the treatment of critical cases remain very limited and we do not wish to be overwhelmed. Your best bet therefore is to avoid infections completely.”

Lagos State recorded 774 infections on Monday — the highest number of new cases — followed by FCT with 125, and Plateau with 102.

With the Monday figure, over 9,500 new samples have tested positive for the coronavirus within the past seven days, while over 16,000 infections have been recorded within the last two weeks.

Three persons died of COVID-19 complications on Monday, increasing the fatality toll to 1,361, according to the NCDC.

But the daily count of new recoveries dropped with 461 patients discharged — the figure included 144 recoveries recorded in Lagos.

Nigeria has recorded a total of 101,331 cases of COVID-19 so far, with over 80,000 recovered patients.

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