The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reported 1,244 new cases of the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 101,331.
NCDC disclosed this saying that the agency also confirmed additional three coronavirus related deaths in the country in the past 24 hours.
It was gathered that last week, the country recorded more than 9,800 cases within seven days, surpassing its earlier weekly record of COVID-19 infections.
Available data shows that between January 3 and 9, the country recorded 9,833 cases, a sharp increase from the 5,681 cases recorded in the previous week of December 27, 2020, and January 2, 2021.
It disclosed that Lagos state, the epicentre of the virus in country, recorded the highest number of confirmed cases with 774 new infections, taking the total number of cases in the state to 36,875.
Others are: FCT-125; Plateau-102; Anambra-47; Ondo-46; Rivers-27; Edo-18; Kaduna-16; Ogun-16; Gombe-16; Bauchi-11; Kano-11; Nasarawa-10; Akwa Ibom-7; Sokoto-7; Borno-5; Ekiti-4; and Zamfara-2, NCDC also announced the discharge of 461 patients from isolation centres across the country.
“Our discharges today include 144 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” it said, adding that it had conducted at least 1,033,858 tests since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in the country.
According to NCDC, a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre activated at Level 3 is coordinating response activities nationwide.
The agency issued a public health advisory to alert Nigerians that non-adherence to public health and social measures was undermining its response efforts aimed at limiting the continued spread of the virus.
“The average number of daily confirmed cases recorded in the first week of January 2021 was higher than the cumulative cases recorded the last week of December 2020.”
“Following the festive season, and in view of the increase in the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria, the NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 are putting in place measures to strengthen the public health agency’s response to the pandemic,” it said.
According to it, while Nigerians may be tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, the virus is taking advantage of the fatigue, complacency, gaining momentum, and taking advantage of lapses in the adherence to recommended safety protocols.
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the NCDC said, ”Nigerians are reminded to wear a face mask properly, wash hands with soap, and maintain physical distance from others.
“This is not the time to let down our guard. The virus that causes COVID-19 never went away and is still very much with us, as evidenced by the rising cases in Nigeria and globally.”
The NCDC noted that COVID-19 could affect all age groups with severe outcomes in the elderly (50 years and above), and in persons with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc.
“Recently there has been increased infection among the younger age groups, therefore, NCDC urges all persons to take responsibility and adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions (regular hand washing, maintaining physical distance, and proper use of face mask,” it explained.
It said it would continue to work with other agencies under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health to spearhead public health response to the disease.
It added that it would continue to play a key role in the multi-sectoral response to the disease, working with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Given the sustained increase in cases, the agency said it would also continue to work closely with state governments, provide support through the deployment of Rapid Response Teams, provide laboratory and medical supplies as well as carry out other response activities.
“We urge state governments to take greater ownership of their response, maintain their COVID-19 surveillance structures, laboratory diagnosis and testing.”
“Unless states actively test, they will not know their disease burden, putting local communities at greater risk of adverse outcomes, if the virus is not detected and impacts vulnerable populations.”