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1,940 Nigerians test positive for COVID-19

One thousand, nine hundred and forty people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria on Thursday.

The recorded new cases of COVID-19 occurred in 18 States and the FCT.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Friday morning.

Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 4,000 COVID-19 infections. The NCDC said no deaths were reported for Thursday.

The centre said Lagos reported 845, while the FCT recorded 734 cases.

For the FCT, the centre said the number included a backlog of cases for Wednesday.

Others are Oyo-120, Rivers-69, Delta-30, Kaduna-29, Edo-21, Plateau-20, Gombe-14, Anambra-11, Enugu-11, Osun-10, Ekiti-eight, Kano-five, Bayelsa-four, Ogun-four, Katsina-3, Bauchi-one, Jigawa-one.

These latest figures, the centre noted, brought the total confirmed cases to 233,353, with 212,040 discharged and 2,991 COVID-related deaths.

The NCDC also mentioned that nine people died since the detection of the Omicron variant in the country after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Omicron variant surfaced amid a race to get booster jabs into arms as quickly as possible, with an early study by Imperial College London suggesting that a third vaccine dose could offer around 85 per cent protection against severe illness with Omicron.

The NCDC also stated 3,751,696 people had been tested since the virus was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.

Two preliminary studies published on Wednesday by Imperial and the University of Edinburgh found that those infected with the Omicron variant were 40 to 70 per cent less likely to be admitted to the hospital than with Delta.

(NAN)

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