NCDC CONFIRMS 1,617 NEW CASES OF COVID-19, 14 DEATHS IN NIGERIA

As Nigeria battles a second wave of coronavirus infections, the weekly count of deaths has increased significantly.

Within the past week between January 12 and 18 the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 86 deaths across the country, with 14 new fatalities confirmed on Monday.

The latest weekly fatality figure is exactly double that of the previous week, when 43 deaths were confirmed between January 5 and 11, 2021.

A total of 1,449 persons have now died of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.

The NCDC confirmed the new fatalities in its update for January 18, 2021, just as 1,617 fresh infections were recorded in 17 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

Lagos (776), Kaduna (147), and Kwara (131) were the three states with the highest number of positive samples confirmed on Monday, while Borno had the least figure with two fresh infections.

NCDC also recorded 622 new recoveries, increasing the total number of discharged patients to 89,939.

The country has now confirmed 112,004 coronavirus infections, but 20,616 are currently active cases.

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