Nigeria records 1,544 COVID-19 infections, 12 deaths within 24 hours
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, Nigeria has recorded 1,544 new cases of the deadly virus across 20 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) on Friday.
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its daily update for January 8, 2020.
Findings revealed that more than 8,500 fresh cases have been recorded within the past seven days. It is the fifth consecutive day that the country will confirm over 1,200 new samples positive for the coronavirus.
A total of 8,824 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed between January 2 and January 8, 2021.
Nigeria also hit its highest daily count of deaths within the past four months, with 12 new fatalities confirmed on Friday, increasing the current toll to 1,342.
The last time the single-day count of deaths exceeded 12 was on September 3, 2020 when 21 persons were confirmed to have died of coronavirus complications.
However, 540 persons were discharged on Friday, which included 264 recoveries in Lagos, and 147 in Plateau.
A total of 97,478 samples have been confirmed positive for COVID-19, but 78,552 patients have recovered; 17,584 are currently active cases.
1544 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1,342 deaths pic.twitter.com/gKOwQpoLJY
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) January 8, 2021
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