… As 12 more COVID-19 cases recorded at Olympics, including 2 athletes***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered additional 238 COVID-19 cases in the country.
The NCDC made this known on its official website handle on Thursday morning.
The newsmen report that the new infections indicate an increase from the 203 cases announced a day earlier.
It said the country’s COVID-19 cases continued to rise for seven consecutive weeks across Africa including Nigeria, signaling the third wave of the deadly Delta variant.
It stated that the 238 additional new cases were reported from five states.
“The Lagos State where a majority of the cases were picked on Wednesday reported 181, while Akwa Ibom registered 45, Oyo announced 8, while Ogun and Ekiti recorded 2 and 1 each,” it said.
It noted that Wednesday’s report included zero cases from Rivers, Osun, Ondo, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, and Nasarawa States.
The NCDC noted that the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 170,122 as of July 21, while active cases stood at 3,251.
The agency stated that eight people who had recovered from the disease had been discharged from isolation centres across the country.
The NCDC added that till date, 164,741 recoveries had been recorded nationwide in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
It noted that there were two COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, and the country’s total fatality stood at 2,130.
The NCDC said the country had also tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus out the country’s roughly 200 million population.
It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
In the meantime, a day before the Tokyo Olympics officially opens, organisers have reported 12 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases linked to the event.
The organising committee said in their Thursday update that two athletes staying in the Olympic Village were among those who tested positive.
Neither are, however, Japanese.
Organisers said two more people from the Olympic Village are affected, but they are not athletes.
All four must now go into quarantine.
The latest numbers bring the total of positive tests since July 1 to 87.