Illustration showing health workers carrying out disinfection against Covid-19

Oluwole Josiah-Uanzekin

Nigeria’s Covid-19 death count has continued on a steady rise in the last one week, as the Delta variant of the disease spread to many more states.

A total of 17 persons died from the disease in the last one week beginning from July 25, 2021.

This is over a 200 percent increase in the figure recorded in the previous week. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) recorded five deaths in the previous week.

The week ending on July 25 had a total of 2,132 deaths nationwide.

By the time the week drew to a close on July 31, 2021, the fatality figure has reached 2,149.T

According to NCDC, the total number of confirmed cases is 173,411, while 164, 978 cases have been discharged and 2,149 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The centre also reported 590 new cases as of Saturday, July 31..

The cases were reported from 18 states- Lagos (308), Akwa Ibom (54), Katsina (40), Oyo (39), Rivers (26), Niger (23), Gombe (19), Ogun (16), Ekiti (15), FCT (10), Nasarawa (10), Delta (9), Bayelsa (5), Plateau (5), Imo (4), Ebonyi (3), Jigawa (3), and Kano (1)

At the beginning of the week, dated July 26, 2021, NCDC announced  648 new cases of COVID-19 from 21 states. Two deaths were recorded.

, bringing the total number of infections in the West African nation to 41,180.

Two deaths were recorded from the virus in the past 24 hours pushing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 860.

According to the NCDC, out of a total of 41,180 infected persons so far, 18,203 have recovered and have been discharged after treatment in the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The figure was 404 as reported on Tuesday, July 27.

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)

However, by Thursday, five deaths were recorded, with a rise in the number of new infection to 535.

The 535 new cases were reported from 18 states- Lagos (219), Akwa Ibom (142), Oyo (47), Rivers (17), Jigawa (13), Edo (13), Ekiti (11), Bayelsa (11), Ondo(10), Osun (9), Plateau (8), Ogun (7), Kaduna (7), Kano (5),FCT (5), Imo (4), Gombe (4), and Nasarawa(3).

The federal government during the week directed all COVID-19 Isolation Centres across the country to immediately activate their facilities in anticipation of a possible spike in infection. 

The move came as the government said it had identified 10 positive cases of COVID-19 Delta variant in passengers who came in mostly from the Lagos and Abuja airports. 

It stressed that henceforth, stringent measures would be put in place to monitor incoming passengers from countries where the virus had become more virulent, maintaining that anyone who breaks the isolation rule would be prosecuted.

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