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NCDC Confirms 645 New COVID-19 Cases, 18 More Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 645 new infections on Saturday, increasing the total number of known cases in the country to 151,553.

A total of 1,831 deaths have also been recorded after 18 more people died on Saturday, health authorities have said.

The 18 deaths on Saturday indicated a significant increase from the eight fatalities recorded on Friday.

Low testing figures in many states has limited Nigeria’s ability to determine the true extent of the spread of COVID-19.

A recent general fact sheet published by the NCDC showed that Kogi, Cross River and some other states were not conducting enough tests.

More than two-third of the over 151,000 people infected by COVID-19 in Nigeria have recovered after treatment.

The figure indicates the level of success the country’s health professionals have recorded in containing the virus.

According to NCDC data published Friday night, a total of 128,005 people have recovered after treatment

Although people who recover from a viral infection often develop immunity against the same disease, it remains unclear whether this is the case with COVID-19 infection.

Meanwhile, over 21,000 infections are still active in the country.

Since the pandemic broke out in February last year, Nigeria has carried out over 1.3 million tests.

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