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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 676 New Cases – Lowest Toll Reported Since December

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Nigeria on Monday recorded its lowest number of daily new COVID-19 cases since December when the federal government declared a second wave of the pandemic.

On December 28, Nigeria recorded 397 fresh coronavirus cases, which was the lowest daily toll until Monday.

According to figures released by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control late Monday, the country recorded 676 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

However, the virus’ death toll increased by 21.

To date, NCDC has reported 131,918 cases of the virus, 106,275 successfully treated and discharged patients and 1,607 deaths.

Monday’s new cases were reported from 19 states, including Lagos (227), Rivers (73), Niger (69), Plateau (56), FCT (50), Kano (44), Oyo (43), Ogun (27), Gombe (18), Ondo (15), Enugu (10), Osun (10), Cross River (8), Edo (8), Nasarawa (7), Bauchi (4), Kaduna (3), Ekiti (2), and Zamfara (2).

Earlier on Monday, NCDC confirmed six new cases of the new and deadly COVID-19 strain named B117 in the country.

Imported from Britain, the new strain is believed to be deadlier, NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu said during a press briefing of the Presidential Task Force in Abuja.

He urged Nigerians to be more careful and adhere to health protocols such as social distancing and wearing of masks, especially in public spaces.

Meanwhile, the federal government has said it is targetting to vaccinate at least 70 percent of Nigerians.

The government is yet to take delivery of any COVID-19 vaccine but about 100,000 doses from the WHO-backed Covax initiative are expected in February.

The government also said it has secured about 41 million doses through an African Union vaccine initiative.

The vaccine doses are expected to come from three major sources: Pfizer, AstraZeneca (through the Serum Institute of India), and Johnson & Johnson.

Many African countries, including Nigeria, are yet to start vaccination programs even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the continent.

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