COVID-19: Nigeria's death toll rises to 1435 as the virus spreads to 21 states

COVID-19: Nigeria's death toll rises to 1435 as the virus spreads to 21 states

The coronavirus infection has continued to spread in Nigeria as the country confirmed 1444 new cases and a total of 1435 COVID-19 related deaths.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the confirmation on its Twitter handle on Sunday, January 17.

The total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at 110,387, while 89, 317 patients have been treated and discharged.

COVID-19: Nigeria's death toll rises to 1434 as disease spreads to 21 states
Many Nigerian states have recorded COVID-19 cases. Photo: NCDC
Source: Twitter

The agency disclosed that the new infections were spread across 21 states of the federation.

Data from NCDC showed that Lagos recorded the highest infections with 901 cases, followed by Plateau with136 and Kaduna which recorded 57.

The states with the new infections include:

Lagos-901

Plateau-136

Kaduna-57

FCT-54

Ebonyi-53

Akwa Ibom-52

Nasarawa-32

Osun-29

Ogun-28

Imo-16

Oyo-16

Edo-15

Kano-14

Rivers-10

Ekiti-7

Borno-6

Abia-5

Benue-4

Yobe-4

Kebbi-3

Anambra-2

Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to battle the second wave of the dreaded coronavirus, federal authorities in the country are trying to reduce the possibility of mass infections.

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In another news, the reopening of schools slated for Monday, January 18, is generating hiccups as the House of Representatives faulted the decision, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Reacting to the January 18 directive in a statement, Julius Ihonvbere, chairman of the House committee on basic education, said the reopening will pose a threat to the fight against the second wave of COVID-19.

Ihonvbere said the legislative arm was not reached before the federal government arrived at the decision, adding that the resumption date be postponed by three months, The Cable reported.

He also lamented that there are no "verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure" the students during the pandemic.

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