Two months after the last fatality was recorded, Nigeria on has announced one death from the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday morning shows that the fatality toll increased to 3,143 from 3,142 recorded on February 18, 2022.
The disease centre added that 13 new coronavirus infections across four states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were also recorded.
The new confirmed cases also increased the country’s infection toll to 255,646, while a total of 249,842 have now been treated and discharged nationwide since the outbreak of the pandemic two years ago.
The disease control centre also noted that the latest is cumulative data for April 12 and 13, 2022.
The breakdown of the NCDC data shows that Lagos State, Nigeria’s epicentre of the disease, topped the infection chart with six cases.
Also, Rivers and Delta states in the South-south recorded three and two cases respectively, while the FCT and Kano State reported a single case each.
NCDC noted that seven states: Abia, Bauchi, Cross River, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, and Sokoto reported that they recorded no cases on Wednesday.
The new fatality case has been recorded at a time when the nation thought it could heave a sigh of relief from the pandemic that has not only ravaged its economy but claimed many lives.
The Nigerian government had on April 6 lifted the nationwide midnight curfew earlier imposed to contain the pandemic.
Restrictions on parties, concerts, and other crowded activities were also lifted.
The decision was contained in a statement issued by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 and titled; “Implementation Guidelines for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions.”
The PSC said the social restriction recommendations were revised in line with the three established thematic areas of movement, industry and labour, as well as community activities.
It added that the decision followed the reduced risk of importation of new variants, availability of vaccines and the increasing number of people vaccinated in Nigeria and globally.
The government had on May 10, 2021, imposed a nationwide curfew of 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. to limit the spread of the virus.
While the new fatality recorded may have no significant impact on the newly released guidelines, experts are of the opinion that the record of fatality will not continue in the coming days.