Scary times ahead as Nigeria records 1,617 new COVID cases, 14 deaths

Scary times ahead as Nigeria records 1,617 new COVID cases, 14 deaths

- The weekly count of deaths in Nigeria's battle against coronavirus has increased significantly

- Within a week, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has recorded 86 deaths

- However, the Nigerian government has finally allowed schools to resume in most states of the country

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More Nigerians are contracting the deadly coronavirus and are dying from it. The second wave of the virus has shown no sign of relenting any time soon.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 86 deaths were recorded across the country within a week, with 1,617 fresh infections recorded in 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory on Monday, January 18.

With this, a total of 1,449 persons have now died of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria with 14 new fatalities as the latest.

Nigeria records 1,617 new COVID cases
NCDC confirmed the new coronavirus fatalities in its update for January 18, 2021. Photo: @NCDCgov
Source: Twitter

As usual, Lagos tops other states with Kaduna coming second and Kwara coming third.

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Here is the breakdown of the new cases:



















Meanwhile, had reported that 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.

On Friday, January 15, the federal ministry of health released new protocols for religious centres to adhere to.

The protocols include 12 updated guidelines for religious gatherings to follow to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

As part of the new guidelines, the federal government has suspended assembly and visiting days in all the schools.

Similarly, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday, January 15, announced that it has shifted the date for the reopening of camps across Nigeria.

This was revealed by NYSC's director-general, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, during a sensitisation webinar for the 2020 Batch B Stream II corps members.

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