Posted on Fri 22 Jan 2021, 05:54 AM

Nigeria has recorded 1964 new cases of the novel Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 116,655.

Announcing the new figures in a late night tweet on Thursday, The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC)  disclosed the country also recorded 7 new COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours under review.

The Health Agency said the new cases were reported from 24 states including the Federal Capital Territory FCT.

According to the NCDC, of the new cases, 824 were recorded in Lagos, 246 in FCT, 166 in Plateau, 128 in Kaduna and 76 in Ogun state.

Other states with new cases include, Nasarawa-74 Anambra-69 Edo-50 Rivers-45 Ondo-44 Niger-40 Oyo-38 Adamawa-35 Kano-31 Akwa Ibom-27 Gombe-19 Kwara-13 Ekiti-12 Delta-6 Kebbi-6 Bauchi-5 Ebonyi-4 Osun-3 Zamfara-1.

NCDC said till date, 116,655 cases have been confirmed, 93646 treated and discharged and 1485 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The Centre said a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), has been activated at Level 3 to continues to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

The NCDC reports that the country on Jan. 21 marked a new single-day increase in COVID-19 cases and has so far tested 1,203,113  people since the first index case was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.

Meanwhile, the NCDC announced that two additional new laboratories have been activated for inclusion in its molecular laboratory network.

They are the Delta State Molecular Laboratory, Warri,  and the  University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Molecular Laboratory.

According to the agency, between January 2020 and January 2021, it has activated 112 laboratories with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in the country.

“Unfortunately,  we have not fully optimised the capacity of the private laboratories yet. If you look at South Africa, 60 per cent of all the tests were done from private laboratories.

“’In Nigeria, only 30 per cent of the over one million tests that have been done is by the private sector. The public sector still bears the burden of the tests,” the NCDC said.




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