The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the nation’s total COVID-19 infections had Jumped to 188,243, across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, as of Aug. 24, 2021.
These were the reported cases since the beginning of the pandemic in Feb. 2020 in the country.
The NCDC said this via its verified website on Wednesday morning and that the additional 655 infections, reported on Tuesday, raised the country’s total infections.
The News Agency Of Nigeria reports that the new infections indicate an increase from the 565 cases reported on Monday.
The NCDC attributed the country’s rise in number to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
It called on Nigerians to get vaccinated.
“All vaccines in Nigeria are safe. In Nigeria, COVID-19 vaccine is administered to 18 years old and above, including pregnant women and lactating mothers.
“The COVID-19 vaccine does not hurt or make you sick. Mild side effects may or may not occur,” it advised.
The agency also reported that five more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded as of Aug. 24, 2021, in Nigeria and deaths reported on Tuesday increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,281.