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Third wave: Nigeria records 206 new COVID-19 cases

Nigeria has recorded an additional 206 new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections so far to 169,884.

The update was posted by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official website on Wednesday morning.

The 206 were reported in 10 states; 132 in Lagos, 56 in Akwa Ibom, 5 in Ekiti, 3 in Delta, 2 in Rivers, Enugu, Jigawa and Katsina; and 1 in Gombe and FCT.

The new infections were recorded as of Tuesday night and indicate an increase from the 146 cases announced a day earlier.

NCDC noted that there was no COVID-19 related death on Tuesday while the country’s total fatality stood at 2,128.

It said 23 people, who had recovered from the disease, were discharged from isolation centers across the country, also added that to date, 164,733 recoveries were recorded nationwide in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Before the Eid celebration, the NCDC had issued a public health advisory to members of the public, especially in view of the presence of the dangerous delta variant in the country.

It read, “The virus that causes COVID-19 is more likely to spread when people gather and do not adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

“As we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, we urge Nigerians to be aware of the high risk of spread of COVID-19.

“We appeal to religious and traditional leaders to ensure adherence to safe practices at mosques, places of worship and other venues, where religious and social gatherings occur.”