Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between August 6 and 11.
The NCDC disclosed this via its official website on Thursday.
It said out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos had 101.
This is the highest case count in August.
It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and August 1; and 412 infections reported between August 2 and 5.
The NCDC also mentioned that the 517 cases, recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, had raised the number of infections to 262,402.
According to the agency, the FCT has 13 cases, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna, six cases. Oyo has five, Abia, three, Kwara, two, Nasarawa, two and Plateau, two.
Five states, Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto, reported zero cases.
The NCDC, however, said 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the number of patients discharged to 256,006.
It further stated that the death toll from COVID-19 in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.
The NCDC disclosed that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3.
“Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” said the NCDC.
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said no fewer than 28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country were fully vaccinated.
The NPHCDA said about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.
Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 per cent coverage of full vaccination.
The NPHCDA said Enugu was the best performing state in the South-East based on fully vaccinated tally, having reached 17 per cent coverage.