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Nigeria records 565 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths on Monday – NCDC

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Nigeria on Monday recorded 565 new COVD-19 cases and eight deaths, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The NCDC stated this on Tuesday.

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The centre said that this brings the total infections, since the index case in 2020, to 187, 588.

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The NCDC attributed the surge to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.

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The centre also said that eight COVID-19 related deaths were reported  on Monday, bringing the total fatality figure to 2,276.

The NCDC stated that the new cases were reported in 13 states and the FCT.

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It noted that Lagos state recorded the highest infections with 205  while Rivers followed with 73 cases, Ondo-63, FCT-53, Oyo-53, Ekiti-37, Delta-24, Edo-20, and Benue-12.

Others are Bayelsa-six, Kwara-six, Osun-six, Ogun-five, and Adamawa-two.

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According to the centre,  Monday’s  report includes a backlog of cases of seven cases reported from Benue on Aug. 17 ,  one on Aug.  18  and four on Aug. 19.

The Public Health agency did not indicate if majority of the known active cases were from the contagious Delta variant.

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The agency stated that over 2,727,834 million people had been tested while 168,818 patients recovered following the discharge of 363 additional people on Sunday.

The centre added that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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Meanwhile, the agency announced that its toll free number has been changed to “Dial 6232 for FREE

“If you have a cough, you are feverish and any of these symptoms:Loss of taste/smell, difficulty breathing‬, diarrhoea, catarrh‬, fatigue‬, ‪shivering‬‬, body pain‬, headache‬‬ and  sore throat‬, Please stay at home and contact your state ministry of health via http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/contact.

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