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COVID-19: Deaths surge as Nigeria records 35 fatalities, 376 infections

COVID-19: Deaths surge as Nigeria records 35 fatalities, 376 infections
October 17
07:59 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 376 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The agency, in its latest update, said the cases were reported across 14 states.

A breakdown of new cases showed that Lagos state — the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria — recorded the highest number of new infections with 215 new positive samples, followed by Rivers with 82 and Ondo with 16.

Other states that reported new infections include Imo (14), Plateau (12), Kaduna (10), Kwara (9), Ekiti (4), Bauchi (3), Delta (3), Kano (3), Sokoto (3), Nasarawa (1), and Oyo (1).

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The agency said the report includes a backlog of 179 cases reported in Lagos state from September 11.

The NCDC update showed that 659 persons were discharged after recovering from the infection on Saturday.

However, 35 additional persons were confirmed to have died of COVID complications.

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The agency added that “32 deaths reported in Lagos, include backlog from September 11, 2021.”

So far, NCDC has recorded 209,173 infections, 197,084 recoveries and 2,804 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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