Nigeria recorded 674 fresh COVID-19 cases and eight deaths on Thursday, August 19, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control stated on its website on Friday, August 20.
It noted that the country’s total infections have now risen to 185 267. The increase was attributed to the highly transmissible Delta variant and low vaccination rates across the country.
NCDC stated that the new infections indicated a decrease from the 1,149 cases recorded on Wednesday but announced on Thursday.
According to the Public Health Agency, the eight new deaths recorded on Thursday brought the nation’s fatality count to 2,244.
Meanwhile, it said the additional infections on Thursday were reported in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with Lagos State recording 355 cases, indicating it still remained the nation’s epicentre of the virus.
“Amongst others were: Rivers (87), FCT (38), Ogun (33) Akwa Ibom (32), Oyo (32), Edo (22), Ekiti (20), Kwara (17), Delta (12), Bayelsa (8), Gombe (5) Kaduna, and Osun four each.
“While Enugu and Nasarawa recorded two each, and Plateau, one. Today’s report includes zero cases from Abia, Kano and Ondo States,” it stated.
The NCDC added that the number of known active cases stood at 15,100, from 14,719 recorded on Wednesday.