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COVID-19: Pandemic Hits Thicker In Nigeria

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Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria. He is an aspiring investigative journalist. Email: talk2hamzaabaga@gmail.com

NIGERIA: The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), has reported that Nigeria has recorded another spike in the number of infected persons with the COVID-19.

The recorded spike shows that 192,431 persons have been infected so far with the death rate of 2,469.

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As earlier reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), that the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was “stabilizing” in the African region, Nigeria was hit again on Tuesday, 31st August.

Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, the WHO Representative in Nigeria, Walter Mulombo said that with nearly 248,000 cases reported last week, Africa has taken control of the third wave.

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As quoted by the Nigerian News Agency, Mulombo saying that “the trend on the continent is that each new wave hits Africa faster and harder, with a higher number of new cases, faster than the previous wave”.

According to the NCDC, Nigeria has a total of 11,203 active cases of COVID-19 with Lagos recording 334 cases which is the highest rate in the day’s count.

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Rivers State is second on with 134 cases, while Oyo, FCT, Osun and Plateau state has 60, 41, 20 and 14 cases respectively.

In addition, the state of Ogun reported nine; Ekiti, seven years old; Kwara, six, and Benue have only recorded one case.

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The NCDC pointed out that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (COU), activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the country’s national response activities to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

The Center has also systematically lobbied against the decline in vigilance among the population, noting that the cost of prevention is much lower than the cost of disease management.

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However, the WHO Official said that amid the rise in cases and accompanying deaths, there is still hope that the African continent will recover as quickly as possible.

Mulombo said that with the increase in the number of vaccinations on the continent, it is possible to achieve the goal of vaccinating 10% of the African population.

“The good news is that the growing supply of vaccines gives hope that the continent will reach its goal of vaccinating 10% of the population by the end of September,” he added.

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