Nigeria's coronavirus death toll nears 1000 as new infections emerge

Nigeria's coronavirus death toll nears 1000 as new infections emerge

- Nigeria's death toll from coronavirus is close to 1000

- The country recorded 453 more infections on Saturday, August 8

- At the moment, the country has 446,140 coronavirus cases

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With new coronavirus pandemic infections, the death toll from the dreaded disease is coming closer to 1000, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC on its Twitter page on Saturday, August 8, revealed that the country recorded more 453 cases added to what it already has, taking the number to 446,140 in total at the moment.

The national health agency also disclosed that Lagos (with 71 infections) comes behind the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the list of state with new cases. The FCT has 75 cases as at Saturday.

Nigeria's coronavirus death toll nears 1000 as new infections emerge

NCDC's director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu and Nigeria's latest coronavirus update (Source: Twitter/NCDC)
Source: Twitter

While the NCDC's chart showed that the death toll from the virus is now 942, it also revealed that 33,044 persons have recovered from the disease and have been discharged.

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From the agency's tweet, it is clear that two states both have one infection respectively: Akwa Ibom and Rivers.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Ministry of Health had cautioned against the "second wave of Covid-19 pandemic" which it said would be disastrous to the economy of the country and lives.

Speaking during the Covid-19 presidential task force briefing on Monday, August 3, Dr Sani Aliyu who is the coordinator of the committee gave the warning.

Sani urged "businesses that were reopening to align themselves" with the safety protocols and guidelines of the coronavirus.

Nigeria's Covid-19 confirmed cases hit 44,129 on Monday with 20,663 recoveries and 896 deaths after the NCDC) announced 288 new cases in 15 states.

This meant the collective efforts of the governments across all levels are yielding results and the PTF had called for caution against a second surge.

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“Specifically, we urge businesses that are reopening to align themselves to our efforts by establishing and practising COVID-19-sensitive business precautionary measures.

“We eventually have to reopen, but we can only do so if we reopen safely. It is quite clear, as we can see from the other parts of the world, that certain countries are now going back into lockdown because of the pandemic coming back," Aliyu said.

The PTF coordinator also said the country cannot afford another surge of the virus because it will "destroy our economy and it will lead to a lot of deaths."

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