The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has registered 753 additional infections and five more COVID-19 related deaths as of Aug. 12, 2021.
The NCDC made this known via its verified website on Friday morning, raising the country’s total infection figure since the index case in 2020 to 180,661.
The News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the new infections indicate a decrease from the 790 cases reported on Thursday.
According to it, the surge is driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
The country is also not considering a lockdown despite increased cases by the coronavirus third wave, particularly outbreak of the deadly Delta variant in the country,” it stressed.
The public health agency noted that since the discovery of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19, there had been a consistent spike in infections in the country, with the country’s active cases currently standing at 11,891.
The NCDC said that Five new deaths was also recorded on Thursday, bringing the nation’s fatality count, since the start of the pandemic, to 2,200.
It said that the additional Infections on Thursday were reported in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It noted that more of the infection were recorded in Lagos State with 364, the country’s commercial centre was the country’s epicenter of the virus.
The agency said that Akwa-Ibom State drove the country’s COVID-19 surge in cases, on Thursday with 141 additional Infections .
Amongst others were; Oyo-74, Rivers-46, Abia-38, Ogun-24, Kwara-20, the FCT-12, Ekiti-10, Delta-9, Edo-6, Plateau-5, Imo-3 and Bayelsa-1 respectively.
According to it, our today’s report have a confirmed and discharged cases from Akwa Ibom recorded on August 11, 53 and 160 reported, on August, 12, 2021, 88 and 63 cases were also reported.
“Discharged cases reported for Kaduna August, 11, (18) and August, 12, 2021 (2).
“Six States with zero cases reported: Kaduna, Kano, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto,” it stated.
The NCDC added that a total of 367 people recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the country on Thursday, with total recoveries nationwide since the onset of the pandemic clocking 166,560.
It added that the country had tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus out of its roughly 200 million population, with an average test positivity rate of six percent.
According to it, a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.