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Following the spike in the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections across the state, the Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) has recorded additional 1,244 new cases and three deaths.
The health agency made this known via its verified Twitter page on Monday night, January 11, 2021.
The new cases confirmed across 18 states on Monday night push the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 101, 331, while the total deaths also rise to 1,361 in total.
Meanwhile, out of the over 101,000 cases so far, 80,491 patients have been discharged from the isolation centres after treatment.
AllNews reports that the health officials had called for stricter enforcement of safety measures as Nigeria crossed the grim milestone of over 100,000 COVID-19 infections on Sunday.
As usual, Lagos takes the lead with 774 cases, followed by FCT Abuja with 125 cases, while Plateau recorded 102 new infections in the state.
Others are Anambra-47 Ondo-46 Rivers-27 Edo-18 Kaduna-16 Ogun-16 Gombe-16 Bauchi-11 Kano-11 Nasarawa-10 Akwa Ibom-7 Sokoto-7 Borno-5 Ekiti-4 Zamfara-2.
Recall that active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 about a month ago to nearly 20, 000 due to a rise in new infections.
The Federal Government, however, blamed the increasing deaths on the late referral of COVID-19 patients to treatment centres.
The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, had said caregivers are holding on to suspected cases for too long before presenting them for treatment.
But health experts believe the lowering of guard on safety and the weak enforcement of protocols especially in the country’s major airports in Abuja and Lagos could be responsible for the recent surge, warning that the situation could get worse if citizens keep violating safety protocols.
The federal government recently warned that a significant increase in coronavirus infections in Nigeria appears imminent this January due to continued violation of safety protocols during the Christmas period.
1244 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) January 11, 2021
1,361 deaths pic.twitter.com/STqIpzVSju