…As Lagos tops infection index
Nigeria has recorded additional 144 new cases of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infections between August 14 and 15, 2022.
A statement on the official website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the Nigerian commercial capital Lagos leads the ranking of reported cases, with 101 of the 144 new infections reported by Lagos, while Abia state confirmed 13 additional cases.
The Nigerian public health agency said the Akwa Ibom State announced 10, the Federal Capital Territory reported 9, Kano State 3 while other states contributed the remaining figure.
The agency said the latest slew of cases increased the country’s infection toll to 262,664, while the fatality toll still stands at 3,147.
The NCDC website, in its breakdown of the latest infections, showed Lagos has continued to maintain the first position with a huge gap in the country.
Of the 262,664 total cases recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020, Lagos confirmed 102,849 infections followed by the FCT and the Rivers with 29,070 and 17,656, respectively.
Also, it stated that 3,917 people are currently down with the virus, while 256,334 people have been treated and discharged nationwide since the outbreak more than two years ago.
The NCDC said that Kaduna State in the north-west logged three cases, Bauchi, Ekiti and Plateau confirmed one case, respectively.
The Nigerian public health agency said that the report includes 59 community discharges for the FCT, 10 confirmed and 23 discharged cases for Akwa Ibom from August 8 to14, 2022.
The NCDC added that six states – Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers and Sokoto recorded no cases.
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 (NPHCDC) said it has inoculated only 25.4 per cent of its 70 per cent target population in the country has been fully vaccinated.
The NPHCDA said that, as of August 16, 2022, 28,427,949 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination have been fully vaccinated while 11,979,427 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination have been partially vaccinated.
It said that the five performing states, still maintaining their positions on the country’s mass vaccination campaign were Nasarawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Osun.
Gombe State is currently vaccinating 65 per cent of its daily expected number of eligible persons, while Adamawa leads in the northeast based on the administration of the second close.