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Nigeria records seven deaths, 637 cases of Covid-19 amid surge of Delta variant



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Nigeria has lost seven more persons to Covid-19 amid surge in third wave of the virus driven by the Delta variant.

This is even as 637 new infections were recorded on Wednesday according to an update on the Facebook page of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The centre in the update said the new infections were recorded across 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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The centre noted that Wednesday’s new cases raised Nigeria’s total infections to 188,880 while the fatality toll now stands at 2,288.

It added that a total of 17,210 Nigerians are currently down with the disease nationwide.

A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that more than half of the daily infections in Nigeria on Wednesday were recorded in Lagos, the nation’s epicentre of the disease.

The commercial city reported 322 cases while Rivers State and Edo State in the South-south followed with 70 and 54 cases to rank second and third respectively.

Delta State recorded 34 infections to rank fourth on the chart, while Akwa-Ibom also in the South-south and Kwara in the North-central registered 31 cases each.

The FCT recorded 29 cases, followed by three states in the South-eest, Ekiti State with 17 cases, Ogun State, 14 and Osun State with 10 cases.

Kebbi State in the North-west recorded eight cases, while Cross River in the South-South reported five cases, followed by Plateau and Taraba with three cases each.

Kaduna State and Bayelsa State recorded two cases each, followed by Benue, Enugu and Kano States recording one case each, as the states with the lowest number for the day.

According to the NCDC, of the over 188,000 total cases, 169,382 people have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals across the country.

The centre added that Nigeria has tested over 2,727,834 samples out of its estimated 200 million population

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