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COVID 19: Nigeria records highest number of infection on Friday.

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By Abubakar D. Abdulkadir

Nigeria’s health officials says the country recorded 1,964 new COVID-19 cases on Monday which is the highest ever daily case count, overturning its previous record of 1,664 daily infections reported on January 7, this year.

The latest figure, recorded in 24 states across the country, has raised the total number of infections to 116,655.

While the high numbers of cases and deaths may be in part due to a marginal improvement in testing, health experts believe the relaxing of guard, weak enforcement of protocols especially in the country’s two major airports in Abuja and Lagos and massive gatherings that proceeded the new year were responsible for the spike.

Also, death tally from the COVID-19 disease in Nigeria increased to 1,485 with seven additional deaths reported Thursday, according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

As Nigeria continues to record more coronavirus infections during this second wave of infection, the direct adverse impact has been more fatalities, a situation health officials blamed on the late referral of patients.

Within the last five days, a total of 65 lives have been lost to COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.

Last Friday, Nigeria announced its deadliest day of the pandemic with 23 lives lost, the country’s highest daily fatality toll.

The is growing fear that the rise in mortality shows that the second wave of the pandemic is deadlier than the first as more patients are symptomatic and require breathing support.

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