NCDC Confirms 332 COVID-19 Cases In Lagos 

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, has revealed that it has recorded 332 additional infections between June 25 and 29, 2022. 

The NCDC made this known via its official website yesterday (June 30, 2022), saying that of the 332 new infections recorded, Lagos recorded 251, while Rivers reported 50 additional cases. 

The health agency said the Federal Capital Territory and three other states contributed the remaining figure.

It said the latest surge in numbers indicates that cases have increased the country’s infection toll to 257,290, while the fatality still stands at 3,144.

In a breakdown of the latest figures and state of affairs on its website, the NCDC said it showed that Lagos state has continued to maintain the first position with a huge gap in the country. 

Of the 257,290 total cases recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020, Lagos confirmed 100, 376 infections followed by the FCT and the Rivers with 28,759 and 16,811, respectively. 

Also, it stated that 3,917 people are currently down with the virus, while 250,229 people have been treated and discharged nationwide since the outbreak more than two years ago.

The agency said besides Lagos and Rivers states the FCT came third on the log with 21 infections, while Kano logged seven cases, Delta reported two and Oyo confirmed one case, respectively. 

The public health institute said that eight states – Bayelsa, Ekiti, Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Plateau and Sokoto – recorded zero cases. 

Recall that in weeks 21 & 22, the number of samples tested in the country decreased to 15,347 from 28,118 reported in weeks 19 & 20. These were [cases] reported in 36 states and the FCT. 

In the country in weeks 21 & 22, the new confirmed cases increased to 267, 1.7 per cent from 166 0.6 per cent reported in weeks 19 & 20. These were reported in nine states and the FCT and include a backlog of cases reported from Imo State. 

The country’s number of discharged cases, in weeks 21 & 22, also decreased to 47 from 66 in weeks 19 & 20. There was no death reported in the last two weeks. 

Cumulatively, since the outbreak began in Week 9, 2020, 257,290 cases and 3,144 deaths have been reported giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.2 per cent. 

The number of inbound international travellers tested in weeks 21 & 22, was 1070 of which 15, 1.4 per cent were positive compared to 12, 1.2 per cent out of 988 tested in weeks 19 & 20. 

While the number of outbound international travellers tested was 3,382 of which 25 0.7 per cent were positive compared to 18 0.6 per cent out of 3,104 tested in weeks 19 & 20.

Meanwhile, with the breakthrough of the COVID-19 vaccine also considered the most effective way to curb the continuous spread of the virus, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has inoculated only 20.5 per cent of its 70 per cent target population in the country.

The NPHCDA said that as of June 29, 2022, 22,938,601 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination were fully vaccinated while 11,972,251 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination were partially vaccinated.

The five performing states still maintaining their position in the country’s mass vaccination campaign were Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Nasarawa, which accounted for 51 per cent of the total number of doses administered in the country.

However, Lagos is currently administering about 23,000 daily, which makes it the second-highest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses per day in the country. 

Racheal Abujah
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