Illustration showing health workers carrying out disinfection against Covid-19

Nigeria’s Covid-19 cases has significantly soared, with a recorded on Tuesday of 404 news cases of the infection, its highest in more than four months.

This surpasses its earlier record high of 317 which was reported on July 24.

The figure is as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and reflected in its Tuesday, July 27 Covid-19 infection update.

 The new national figure of confirmed cases is 171,728.

The World Health Organisation(WHO) had earlier warned that with the new Delta variant of the virus now well endemic, Africa countries were likely to witness a spike in the number of cases, especially with the Eid Kabir celebration which was concluded last week, where there were large gatherings and poor adherence to Covid-19 prevention protocols.

This is coming after months of low infection rate, and when much of the guards had been let down.

Infection rates have largely concentrated in Lagos, and the FCT. However, other states such as Oyo, Kaduna and Rivers States have also had their fare share of high infection rate.

However, no death was recorded from the disease on Tuesday, even though health experts fear the rising numbers could put the nation on other risk of a lockdown which might be detrimental to the already economy.

The 404 new cases were reported from 12 states- Lagos (356), Rivers (18), FCT (7), Ekiti (5), Kaduna (5), Gombe (3), Kano (3), Edo (2), Ogun (2), Bayelsa (1), Plateau (1), Nasarawa(1)

According to NCDC, till date, 171728 cases have been confirmed, 164837 cases have been discharged and 2134 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Nigerian government had put the figure of the number of tested samples at about 2.4 million, in a country of about 200 million people.

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