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Covid-19: Nigeria records 21 deaths, as 1.6 million persons get vaccines

Nigeria recorded yet another staggering fatality on Monday as a result of Covid-19 infection, with 21 persons losing their lives to the virus.

The nation also recorded new confirmed  cases numbering 387.

The new figured were as reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC).

The centre noted that the latest figure included a backlog of nine deaths reported from Lagos State, which has remained the epicentre of the disease.

Lagos state also topped the list of daily infections with 114 cases out of the 387 new infections recorded across 16 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday.

The new figures have raised the total of confirmed cases  to199,538 .

Out of the number,188,427 cases have been discharged and 2,619 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The distribution in the new figured shows that Lagos  has 114), Rivers (91), FCT (32), Edo (31), Delta (28), Kwara (20), Bayelsa (18), Akwa Ibom (15), Oyo (10), Osun (8), Gombe (5), Plateau (5), Ekiti (4), Ogun (3), Kano (2) and Kaduna (1).

Meanwhile, Nigeria has fully vaccinated about 1.6 million eligible persons in the last six months.

The Executive-Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Monday.

Mr Shuaib said 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, as approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He also said as of Monday evening, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

“This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with first dose of moderna vaccine.

“A total of 1,692,315 eligible persons are fully vaccinated and we currently have a national average of 70.4 per cent utilisation of the 2,000,040 doses of Moderna vaccines we received,” Mr Shuaib said.

Mr Shuaib further said states have been guided not to exceed their 50 per cent utilisation rates for Moderna vaccines in order to reserve the second doses for all those already vaccinated.

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