Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge, Lagos, FCT, 13 others report 93 deaths, 362 new infections

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surge, Lagos, FCT, 13 others report 93 deaths, 362 new infections

The NCDC disclosed on its website today, Monday 30th August 2021, that Lagos, FCT, and 13 other states reported 362 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The health agency also reported 93 COVID-19 related deaths.

Lagos State recorded the highest number of new infections with 200 cases, Oyo State – 33, Kwara State – 30, Akwa Ibom State – 24, Ogun State -17, Delta State – 15, Ekiti State – 15, Plateau State – 7, Rivers State – 7, FCT State – 5, Anambra State – 3, Edo State – 3 while Bayelsa State, Kaduna State, and Kano State had a single case each.

The health agency said the 362 new COVID-19 infections have brought the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 191,345.

However, 178,283 COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged in the country and with 93 covid-19 related deaths reported, the death toll from the virus has risen to 2,454, NCDC said.

It added that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

As cases begin to surge across the country, the Lagos State Government has said it will resume the administration of the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on August 30.

Mr Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs in the state Ministry of Health, said this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

The Director stated that administration of the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine would hold across the 88 vaccination sites used during the first phase of the vaccination exercise which would last for 20 days, from August 30 to September 24.

He said that only persons who had received the first shot of the vaccine during the first phase of the AstraZeneca vaccination exercise in the state were eligible for the exercise.

Eligible persons are advised to present their vaccination cards at the vaccination sites to get vaccinated as they do not require E-registration.

“There is no need for e-registration for this category of people,” he said.

Furthermore, the Director warned against mixing one brand of vaccine with another brand, stating that, “The Lagos State Government is working with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, to ensure that there is no confusion on which vaccines will be given to whom.”

In addition, Mr Ogunbanwo noted that the AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective against severe illness and death from COVID-19 variants including the Delta variant, and advised residents to get all recommended vaccine doses to enhance protection against the virus.

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