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    COVID-19: Nigeria Records 304 New Cases, 3 Deaths

    Nigeria reported 304 new COVID-19 cases on Friday in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory, a significant drop from the previous day when 674 cases were recorded.

    The lowest number of infections in any single day since the beginning of this month

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, which disclosed this on its official website late Friday said that with the latest figure, the total number of infections in Nigeria now stands at 185,571.

    Of the 304 new cases recorded, the data showed 154 infections were reported in Rivers, 33 in Ekiti, 20 in Edo, 18 in FCT and 17 in Oyo

    Cross River and Delta reported 15 cases each, Akwa Ibom  had 13, Ogun  had 11, Bayelsa  with 4, Sokoto with 2, Gombe and Nasarawa reported 1 case.

    NCDC noted that today's report includes 0 cases from Abia, Kaduna, Ondo, Osun and Plateau States.

    According to the data released by the health officials, the statistics did not contain reports from Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub and most affected by coronavirus in the country.

    The death toll in the nation has risen to 2,247 as three deaths due to the virus were recorded.

    Meanwhile, a total of 168,124 patients were reported to have recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from hospital across the nation since the beginning of the pandemic. Resolved cases on Friday increased by 201 from the previous day.

    Since the discovery of the highly transmissible delta variant of the disease, there has been a consistent spike in infections in Nigeria, with the figure of the country’s active cases currently standing at 15,200 — up from the previous day when it was at 15,100.

    Health experts and authorities have cautioned Nigerians to take preventive measures against the disease to avert its further spread.

    A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities, NCDC said .

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