Nigeria recorded 1,016 new cases of Coronavirus and eleven deaths from the virus on Wednesday taking the total death toll to 1,278 and total confirmed infections to 86,576.

Data from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) show that in the past 12 days, there have been 66 recorded deaths from the the virus, as cases continues in upward trajectory.

Active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 some weeks ago to over 11,000 due to a rise in new infections.

Of the over 86,000 cases so far, 73,322 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

The 1,016 new cases were reported from 21 states – Lagos (434), FCT (155), Plateau (94), Kaduna (56), Rivers (56), Oyo (30), Nasarawa (27), Zamfara (25), Abia (22), Enugu (18), Kano (18), Bayelsa (15), Edo (14), Ogun (11), Borno (10), Ebonyi (8), Jigawa (7), Anambra (4), Delta (3), Niger (3), Akwa Ibom (3), and Osun (3).

Lagos led with 434 new cases followed by the FCT with 155 new infections on Wednesday.

With the country into the second wave of the pandemic, federal authorities have ordered the reopening of all isolation and treatment centres in the country.

The Nigerian government has also reintroduced new restrictions to check the spread of the virus, including closure of bars and nightclubs and limiting the number of people allowed in a public gathering.

According to the NCDC, the failure of Nigerians to comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols during the festive period could lead to more spread of the disease.


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