NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu

COVID-19: Nigeria Records One Death, 272 New Infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded one death and 272 coronavirus infections in Nigeria as of July 24.

The NCDC released the information on its website early on Sunday.

The latest infections figure by the NCDC shows a decline, compared with 317 cases announced on July 23, an 18-week high in infections.

The nation’s public health agency said that COVID-19 related deaths in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country currently stood at 2,132 since the pandemic hit the country.

It said that Nigeria had also tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus out of the country’s population, estimated at 200 million.

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The agency noted that Lagos State, Nigeria’s epi-centre of the disease and economic hub, again recorded the highest number of new infections with 182 confirmed cases.

Rivers, Nigeria’s oil capital, came a distant second with 34 positive samples and Ondo State coming third with 24 cases.

States that recorded fresh infections include Oyo State (10), Abia (7), Ogun (7), Ekiti State (5), Delta (2) and Plateau (1).

NCDC disclosed that three states, including Kaduna, Kano and Sokoto States recorded zero cases and that as at July 24, Nigeria’s COVID-19 active cases stood at 3,975.

The agency said that eight people were discharged on July 24 after recovering from the disease.

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It noted that out of a total of 170,895 positive infections confirmed across the country, 164,788 patients had been discharged.

The agency also said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at level 2, continues to coordinate national response activities.

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