Nigerian health authorities on Thursday said the country recorded 4,035 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday — the highest-ever single day cases of COVID-19 since the index case was reported in February 2020.
In a statement, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said two deaths were recorded on Wednesday as the figure of new infections was reported across 15 out of the 36 states of the country.
Lagos, the country’s commercial hub and the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria so far, accounted for a total of 3,393 cases on Wednesday, the NCDC said.
On Tuesday, Ifedayo Adetifa, head of the NCDC, said in a statement that the west African country is now experiencing a fourth COVID-19 wave, attributing it to the rise in Delta and Omicron variants infections.
Nigeria has recorded a 500 percent increase in infections in the past two weeks, Adetifa said, adding health authorities in the country are intensifying risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk and the need to take collective responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus, the senior public health official said.
So far, over 10 million people have safely received COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria, Faisal Shuaib, head of the country’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, adding the country had acquired enough vaccines to cater to eligible Nigerians.
With the number of COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday, Nigeria’s total caseload has reached 231,413. From that figure, 211,853 recoveries have been recorded, as well as a total of 2,991 deaths, according to data by the NCDC.
Nigeria has so far conducted 3,751,696 sample tests since the pandemic, NCDC added.