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NCDC Reports 168 Infections In 11 States, 275 Recoveries

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NCDC Reports 168 Infections In 11 States, 275 RecoveriesNigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 168 people tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

The latest positive samples of COVID-19 were recorded in 10 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), according to the agency’s update for September 19, 2021.

Lagos, the hardest-hit state by the pandemic, topped the COVID-19 infection chart with 75 new cases, followed by Abia and Niger with 26 and 20 positive samples, respectively.

Other states that recorded new infections include FCT (15), Benue (8), Ogun (8), Osun (7), Edo (3), Kaduna (2), Kano (2) and Ondo (2).

NCDC data shows that 275 patients were discharged after recovering from COVID-19.

The agency said the recoveries reported include a “backlog of discharged cases for Niger State from 11th September till date, including community discharges managed in line with guidelines”.

Also, one person died of COVID-19 complications on Sunday, raising the country’s fatality toll to 2,655.

A total of 201,798 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed — out of which 190,563 persons have been discharged.

In other news, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, says the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the state is currently “far below” the recommended target by World Health Organisation (WHO).

Sanwo-Olu said this at the 2021 Global Citizen Live Concert held at Afrika Shrine in Ikeja on Saturday.

The governor said Lagos pursues radical vaccination programmes, which have led to the administration of 16,000 jabs of vaccines daily. This, the governor said, is a far cry from what was projected for achieving herd immunity.

He expressed;

Our vaccination rate is far below the minimum target of 60 percent recommended by the World Health Organisation per city population. At the current rate, it would take about three years to achieve our herd immunity target. We cannot continue at this speed if we seriously want to beat this virus.

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