- The NCDC has announced 457 new cases of Covid-19 in Nigeria
- The cases were recorded in 21 states, including the FCT, with Lagos, Abuja and Plateau state occupying the top three spots
- With the new cases, Nigeria now has 44,890 confirmed cases, 32,165 recoveries and 927 deaths
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Nigeria is gradually inching towards recording 50,000 cases of Covid-19 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 457 new cases on Wednesday evening, August 5.
The new cases were recorded in 21 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with Lagos, Abuja and Plateau state occupying the top three spots.
The federal health agency announced the new cases via its official Twitter handle.
Lagos state which is Nigeria's epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic has 137 cases, FCT has 76 while Plateau state has 40.
With the new cases, Nigeria now has 44,890 confirmed cases, 32,165 recoveries and 927 deaths.
Below is the state by state breakdown of the new cases:
Lagos - 137
FCT - 76
Plateau - 40
Rivers - 35
Enugu - 34
Oyo - 25
Abia - 23
Delta - 12
Edo - 11
Ebonyi - 11
Cross River - 10
Kwara - 10
Kaduna - 9
Anambra - 7
Ogun - 5
Imo - 3
Bauchi - 3
Osun - 2
Nasarawa - 2
Kano - 1
Ekiti - 1
Meanwhile, the NCDC has assured Nigerians that it will ensure that citizens have access to COVID-19 vaccines when available.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC on Monday, August 3, told the press at a briefing in Abuja that the health agency is working closely with the global community to ensure the vaccines are available when ready.
The director-general said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the fourth quarter of 2020, going by what's happening in the global scientific community.
He pointed out that it is important for people to have access to a vaccine when it is developed.
“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.
“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those who need it the most," Ihekweazu said.
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