Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 712 New COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday evening, 25th December 2020, confirmed 712 new cases of Coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

The new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.

This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 82,747 which includes 70,239 discharged cases and 1,246 deaths.

Below is the breakdown of the latest cases according to states with Lagos State having the highest number of cases followed by Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Lagos-388
FCT-77
Kwara-39
Katsina-35
Bauchi-33
Plateau-22
Ogun-18
Akwa Ibom-16
Delta-13
Kaduna-12
Osun-12
Yobe-11
Sokoto-10
Kebbi-8
Enugu-6
Edo-5
Ondo-3
Niger-2
Kano-1
Oyo-1

82,747 confirmed
70,239 discharged
1,246 deaths

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has dismissed reports that the new mutant strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK has been found in Nigeria.

Naija News reports that this was made known on Thursday by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu, during the briefing on COVID-19 by the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on the virus.

The NCDC DG advised Nigerians to stay calm and safe, stressing that viruses by their very nature mutate.

Iheakwazu said the NCDC, in collaboration with the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), did some sequencing but did not find the UK variant.

According to the NCDC boss, the COVID-19 variant found in the UK is deadlier than the original strain.

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