Nigeria, on Wednesday, recorded four new deaths and 747 cases, ranking the highest daily infection figure in more than six months.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the fresh cases has raised Nigeria’s total infection number to 176,011 while the fatality toll now stands at 2,167.
The latest surge in infections and the fatality rate would be a major concern for government officials due to the ongoing nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The doctors’ strike entered its fourth day Thursday with its biting consequences taking a toll on Nigerians.
The latest surge in both deaths and infections as well as the ongoing doctors’ strike are of particular concern to health experts and government officials, who plead with Nigerians to observe all necessary non-pharmaceutical protocols.
According to the NCDC, the new cases were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that about a third of the daily infections in Nigeria on Wednesday was recorded in Lagos.
The nation’s epicentre reported 488 cases while Akwa Ibom followed with 121 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 29 cases.
Rivers recorded 25 cases and while Ogun State reported 15 new cases, the FCT and Kaduna had 13 Infections each.
Kwara (11), Ekiti and Osun States (10), Edo (6), Abia (3), Anambra (2) and Plateau (1) completed the new cases.
Meanwhile, according to the NCDC data, of the over 176,000 total cases, 165,208 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the country.
The centre added that Nigeria has tested over 2.5 million samples out of its estimated 200 million population.