The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says 674 additional COVID-19 infections and eight more deaths had been recorded as of Aug 19.
The NCDC announced this on its website Friday morning, noting that the country’s total infections had risen to 185,267.
He attributed the increase to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
It said that new infections showed a decrease from the 1,149 cases reported on Thursday.
The health authority said eight new deaths on Thursday brought the country’s death toll to 2,244.
Thursday’s additional infections were said to have been reported in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with Lagos state recording 355 cases, suggesting it still remained the epicenter of the virus in the country.
“Among others: Rivers (87), FCT (38), Ogun (33) Akwa Ibom (32), Oyo (32), Edo (22), Ekiti (20), Kwara (17), Delta (12), Bayelsa (8), Gombe (5) Kaduna and Osun four each.
“While Enugu and Nasarawa each recorded two and Plateau recorded one. Today’s report contains zero cases from the states of Abia, Kano and Ondo, ”it says.
The NCDC added that the number of known active cases was 15,100, up from 14,719 reported on Wednesday.
It added that a total of 185 people recovered and were released from various isolation centers across the country on Thursday, with a total of 167,923 recoveries nationwide.
Over 2.6 million samples of the virus were tested by the country’s roughly 200 million population with an average test positive rate of six percent, according to NDCD.
It also noted that the Multisectoral National Emergency Response Center (EOC) activated at Level 2 continues to coordinate national response activities.