On Thursday, 24h December 2020, Nigeria recorded 1,041 new cases of coronavirus. This is one of the highest figures since the disease began spreading across the country.
With the latest figure, the total infections in the country has now increased to over 81,963.
This is according to an update Thursday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Nigeria is currently battling its worst phase of COVID-19 with the recent surge in new infections officially declared the second wave last Thursday by the federal officials.
Health experts believe the lowering of guard on safety and the weak enforcement of protocols by officials especially in the country’s major airports in Abuja and Lagos could be responsible for the recent spreading, noting that the situation could get worse if citizens keep violating safety protocols.
The death toll from the virus is also increasing. With six more deaths on Thursday, a day to Christmas, the total fatalities are now 1242.
Active cases in the country have risen from about 3,000 some weeks ago to over 10,000 due to a rise in new infections.
Of the over 81,000 cases so far in Nigeria, 69,651 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.
The 1,041 new cases were reported from: Lagos – 316, FCT – 210, Kaduna – 83, Plateau – 70, Gombe – 56, Oyo – 56, Katsina – 47, Nasarawa – 35, Kano – 33, Ogun – 21, Rivers – 17, Niger – 14, Imo – 14, Delta – 12, Kwara – 12, Edo – 12, Benue – 9, Anambra – 8, Taraba – 4, Ekiti – 4, Ebonyi – 6, Bayelsa – 1, and Sokoto – 1.