The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported 566 additional COVID-19 infections due to a surge in the spread of the Delta variant in the country.
The NCDC, which made this known via its website on Friday Morning, also stated that 11 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded as of Aug. 5.
According to the NCDC, the 566 new infections were recorded across 11 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It stated that Lagos State, the country’s epicentre, reported 283 cases while Akwa Ibom followed with 88 cases and Oyo State ranked third with 62 cases.
Rivers recorded 62 cases to rank fourth while the FCT reported 18 new infections.
Ogun State and Ekiti reported 17 and 13 Infections each, while Kwara recorded 11, even as Plateau and Zamfara reported six and three, with Kaduna and Kastina registering two cases each, respectively.
It added that five states: Edo, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto reported zero cases.
The Public health agency noted that the figure raised the country’s total infections to 176,577, while the fatality toll now stands at 2,178.
The News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new infections indicate an increase from the 747 cases announced a day earlier.
The figure is the highest daily infection recorded in the country for more than five months.
The country’s COVID-19 infections have been rising over the past weeks since the discovery of the Delta strain, bringing fears of renewed pressure on the health system.
The NCDC stated that 125 people had recovered and were discharged from various isolation centres in the country on Thursday.
It said that till date, 165,333 recoveries had been recorded nationwide in 36 states and the FCT.
The agency added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
The health institute said the country had also tested more than 2.5 million samples for the virus out the country’s estimated 200 million population.
The NCDC said the country’s COVID-19 average positive test rate was six per cent.
It stated that the country’s active cases stood 9, 033, as of Aug. 5.
Meanwhile, the agency said the country’s infections in week 30, increased to 3,218 from 1,579 reported in week 29.
These were reported in 28 states and the FCT.
It stated that in week 30, the number of discharged cases increased to 218 from 90 in week 29. These were also reported in 16 states and the FCT.
The NCDC said there were 17 deaths reported in the last one week. Noting that cumulatively, since the outbreak began in week 9, 2020, 174,315 cases and 2,149 deaths were reported with a case fatality rate of 1.2 per cent.
It said in week 30, the number of in-bound international travellers tested stood at 3,702 of which 155 were positive, compared to 74, out of 2,836 samples tested from week 29.
It added in week 30, the number of out-bound international travellers tested was 5,529 of which 207 were positive, compared to 141 out of 3,376 samples tested from week 29. (NAN)
APGA National Secretary Maku, returns back to PDP
The National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Mr Labaran Maku,
has returned back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Maku, a former Minister of Information under President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia.
He said his decision to return to the PDP was in response to the yearnings of his people in Nasarawa State.
NAN reports that Maku had defected from the PDP to APGA in 2015 after his unsuccessful attempt to clinch the PDP governorship ticket.
The former minister contested for the Nasarawa State governorship position in 2015 and 2019 on the APGA ticket.
2023 presidency: Young Professionals buys N40m nomination forms for Saraki
A group known as Young Professionals has obtained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms for the 2023 general elections for the immediate past President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Presenting the forms to Saraki at his Abuja residence, the leader of the group, Abubakar Dan Musa, expressed hope that a better and united Nigeria is possible with the immediate past Senate President as president.
Musa said, “After extensive deliberations, we have concluded that the situation of our country is so far from what it should be if we have the right leadership. The country is not running as a functional entity that can bring the best out of her citizens and provide the best for the generality of the people.”
Musa also lamented the terrible situation in the country, sayang, “It is for these reasons that we concluded that we should not leave the process leading to the emergence of the next President of our country to only politicians. We have decided to get involved right from the pre-primary election period.
“We want candidates who understand the needs of the business group and can initiate policies, programmes, and projects that will encourage the growth of businesses, particularly, small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs).
“We want a candidate that will create a synergy between the private and business sectors. We want a man who will naturally earn the respect of the international community and the confidence of foreign and local investors and get them to establish factories and businesses. We want a candidate who understands job creation and wealth creation.”
In his response, Saraki, who commended the Young Professionals for gesture said, “what you have done is a symbolic message that you are mandating me to go out to the field and work hard among all our leaders, delegates, and other stakeholders to win the PDP presidential ticket come May as well as subsequently follow up with decisive victory in the general elections in February 2023.
Sraki said he does not have an option but to listen to the voice of the youths who represent 62 per cent of the over 200 million Nigerians and contest the 2023 presidential election.
The immediate past President of the Senate promised that If he becomes the President of Nigeria, all positions of ministers of state in the cabinet will be occupied by youths.
“Without unfolding all the plans here because we will soon formally hold a public declaration to which all of you are hereby invited, I want to once again express my happiness over this gesture. I so much appreciate it and I will not take it for granted,” Saraki stated.
Attack: FG assures Nigerians of safe evacuation from Ukraine
The Federal Government on Friday assured Nigerians living in Ukraine of their safe evacuation amidst the Russia multiple attacks of Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Onyeama said the Federal Government was making arrangements for a special flight operation to evacuate her citizens from Ukraine in view of the escalating tension between that country and Russia.
He added that the Nigerian Embassy in Kiev had been contacted and told to make arrangements for those wishing to return home from other areas including Donestk and Luhensk.
The minister assured Nigerians that the ministry was following the event since it began and assured of the Federal Government’s readiness to speedily ensure the safe evacuation of Nigerians, particularly, students in Ukraine.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Russian military has started attacking military installations in multiple fronts in spite of Russian President Vladimir Putin assurance not to attack Ukrainian citizens.
While Kiev is under bombardment, her citizens are seeking shelter in metro underground stations.
Tens of thousands of people cross the border out of Ukraine, while the European Union expressed readiness to assist with the sum of 1.7 billion euros in economic aid to Ukraine.
Turkish government has also expressed readiness to send humanitarian aid to its Ukrainain counterpart.
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