Panic As Nigeria Records Over 1,100 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Exceeds 80,000

Six days after Nigeria crossed 1,000 for the first time on its daily count of coronavirus infections, the country recorded a similar figure with 1,133 cases confirmed on Wednesday.


This is the second time in close to 10 months that over 1,000 samples will be confirmed positive in a single-day count — the country hit its highest daily figure ever with 1,145 cases recorded on December 17, 2020.

The development comes amid concerns following a new strain of COVID-19 discovered in the UK, and Nigeria’s entry into a second wave of infections.

Although various measures have been rolled out to limit the spread of the virus, the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 says a fresh nationwide lockdown will not come into effect yet, just as deliberations are ongoing to decide on whether to close the airspace to international travellers.


According to the latest update provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,133 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 80,922.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

“On the 23rd of December 2020, 1,133 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 80,922 cases have been confirmed, 69,274 cases have been discharged and 1,236 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.


“The 1,133 new cases are reported from 18 states- Lagos (397), FCT (357), Kaduna (81), Plateau (63), Katsina (46), Sokoto (32), Oyo (28), Ogun (21), Kano (19), Rivers (18), Osun (13), Edo (12), Niger (12), Bayelsa (11), Borno (11), Bauchi (8), Jigawa (2), and Ondo (2),” the NCDC said.


While Nigeria’s new cases surge, the new figure will now pose a serious panic and threat on Nigerians.


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