The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday reported that Anambra State for the first ever, has the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the country.
Though the health agency didn’t explain why the sudden spike in Anambra’s infection rate, it also noted that the state had recorded zero infection the previous day.
The NCDC which disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, added that Nigeria recorded 1,368 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 148,296.
The new infections registered today doubled the 574 cases reported as at February 15.
Anambra State was followed by Oyo state which also witnessed a rise in infections after recording 172 cases and the FCT in third position confirmed 148 infections.
The Agency also registered an additional 16 COVID-19 deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,777 in the last 24 hours.
It stated that the 1,368 new infections were reported from 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The agency noted that 107 of the virus were found in Benue state, Rivers had 95, Ogun-59, Ondo-56, Ebonyi-53. Kaduna-52, Plateau-46, Kwara-36 and Enugu-30.
Other states with registered cases were Akwa Ibom-26, Osun-22, Edo-20, Abia-17, Kano-16, Borno-15, Cross River-10, Delta-8, Gombe-8, Imo-7, Ekiti-5, Sokoto-4, Jigawa-3, Bayelsa-3, Nasarawa-3 and Zamfara-3.
The public health agency stated that at least 1,474 people had recovered and been discharged from isolation centres across the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people who had been discharged after recovery to 124,483.
It noted that the discharged recorded on Tuesday included 762 community recoveries in Anambra State, 132 in Plateau State and 126 in FCT.
The NCDC stated that this included data reported from Enugu State over the last two days and a backlog of deaths reported from Abia State.
It said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.
The Nigeria’s public health institute said that there were now 22,036 active cases across the country in the last 24 hours.
NAN recalls that the country has tested 1,441,013 people since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.