Nigeria recorded 15 new coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, according to data provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
This sums the number of fatalities from COVID-19 complications in the last 72 hours to 44 persons. The total death toll stands at 1, 464.
Of this number, the highest records of death are from Lagos (276), Edo (130) and Abuja (118).
Meanwhile, Lagos has remained the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria as the state confirmed 551 new positive samples out of 1301 recorded by the NCDC on Tuesday.
The new cases, which were confirmed in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were announced in the NCDC’s update for January 19, 2021.
With the Tuesday figure, Nigeria has recorded over 1,000 new cases for 16 consecutive days and during the same period, over 23,000 fresh infections have been confirmed across the country.
However, the figure for discharged patients doubled within the past 24 hours and the number of single-day recoveries increased from 622 on Monday to 1,261 on Tuesday.
According to the agency, the patients discharged on Tuesday included “702 community recoveries in Lagos, 157 in FCT and 143 in Plateau managed in line with guidelines”.
A total of 113,305 infections have now been confirmed across Nigeria, but 91,200 recoveries have been recorded.
Nigeria, alongside many other countries across the world, has been hit with a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Dec. 17, the NCDC recorded the country’s highest daily infection figure of 1,145, showing that the resurgence of the virus may be much more challenging to deal with than the first. This paper did an analysis of the second wave which you can read here.