Nigeria records 122 new coronavirus infections as UK approves vaccine use


Nigeria recorded 122 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday marking a sharp decline from the 281 infections reported on Tuesday.

According to new data from the country’s infectious disease agency, NCDC, the 122 new cases were reported from 11 states- Kaduna (37) Lagos (29), Plateau (25), Ekiti (9), Rivers (5), Ogun (5), Edo (4) Kwara (4), Bayelsa (2), Bauchi (1), and Kano (1).

The update takes Nigeria’s caseload to 67,960, the fifth-highest in Africa behind only Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa.

A total of 1,177 fatalities has been recorded in the nation after one person died from the disease on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, of the over 67,000 persons infected by the disease in Nigeria, 63,839 have been discharged from hospitals after treatment, but over 3, 000 active cases remain in the country.

Nigeria has so far tested over 755,000 of its 200 million population for the virus.

Amid fears of a possible second wave of COVID-19 in the country, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 advised Nigerians to suspend their Christmas and New Year travels to limit the risk of contracting the virus.

There is hope in the treatment of the virus though as at least two vaccines have been proven to be over 90 per cent effective against it.

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