The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Oyo state accounted for 58 new COVID-19 cases out of the 1,368 new COVID-19 infections recorded on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 225,255.
Recall that Oyo state has topped the chart with 122 COVID-19 cases, out of the 404 infections reported on Sunday.
The NCDC added that COVID-19 cases increased in Lagos on Monday, with 844 reported cases out of the national total of 1,368 cases.
Lagos state, the nation’s epicentre of the virus, now has a cumulative of 84,410 cases, with 3,500 active cases.
The NCDC noted that the FCT recorded the second highest number of cases at 209 to make its confirmed cases 25,070.
It listed Oyo with 58 cases, Abia-51, Ondo-39, Ogun-30, Kaduna-26, Delta-20, Akwa Ibom-17, Osun-15, and Ekiti-12
Anambra, and Zamfara recorded 7 cases each, while Cross River, Kano, Kwara, and Rivers recorded 6 each, Bauchi recorded 5, Gombe-3, and Plateau-1.
The centre noted that a total of 2,985 people have lost their lives to the virus since its outbreak in the country on Feb. 27, 2020, while 211,660 people have recovered and discharged.
It stated that the nation’s active cases now stood at 9,508 as of Monday.
The NCDC however did not say why Kogi remains untouched virtually by the virus, since February 2020.
The NCDC said that the country had conducted a total of 3,751,696 sample tests since the virus was announced in 2020.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency disclosed that as at Dec. 8, 3.5 million eligible Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The agency also said that 6.6 million Nigerians had also taken the first dose.
The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said the federal government had adequate doses of vaccines in-store to cover a large percentage of the population, adding that the country was awaiting about 57 million doses of the vaccine.
According to him, the country needed to vaccinate about 70 per cent of the overall population, to reach herd immunity against the virus.
He said, “The risk this poses to the nation is that it would give a chance for mutation of the virus. The virus mutates in an environment where herd immunity is low. And for us as a nation, we have only achieved 3.5 million for the second dose which is very low. This is why mutation can happen so fast.
“We have more than enough vaccine in Nigeria for now. We also have a pool of vaccines almost 57 million that are awaiting shipment. There is about 40 million already in the country and we have secured about 90 million doses’.
He therefore encouraged citizens of Nigeria to get vaccinated, to ensure health in the nation.