203 new Covid-19 cases raise fresh concerns over third wave in Nigeria

Nigeria on Monday reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 infection, a two-month high rate that is raising fresh concerns of the rise of a third wave in Nigeria.

Although the new high comes as the sum of backlog of data recorded from February to May from Benue and Nasarawa States, according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigerians are worried afresh about the implications of a third wave.

Benue tops the highest rate of infections with 178 new cases, followed by Lagos State with 10 and Ondo with six infections. This brings the total confirmed cases to 166,518.

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Earlier, states including Lagos have sounded an alarm that Nigeria was at huge risk of facing a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the daily rate infection countrywide was at steep low, the surveillance has been beefed up with close monitoring placed on prevention of importation especially among those returning from red list countries such as India, Brazil and Turkey.

According to the Lagos State’s analysis, positivity rate is increasingly rising among international returnees as 51 percent of positive cases were led by Nigerians while India and China accounted for 44 percent in April.

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