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Nigeria, on Thursday, recorded two additional fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic with 433 fresh cases reported across 16 States and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).
This was contained in an update shared on the Facebook page of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), late Thursday night.
The data indicate that Nigeria’s total infection from the pandemic currently stands at 203,514, while the fatality toll increased to 2,668.
It also noted that four states- Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun and Sokoto – recorded no fresh cases.
The breakdown shows that the FCT also displaced Lagos, Nigeria’s coronavirus epicentre, with more cases on the log on Thursday. The nation’s capital city reported 191 new cases while Lagos followed, with only 79 cases; and Anambra State with 63 cases.
In the South-south region, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States recorded 27, nine, seven, five and two cases respectively.
Apart from Lagos, other South-Western states of Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti registered 10, eight and four cases respectively. Also, apart from the FCT, Plateau State, in the North-Central, reported 13 cases on Thursday.
In the North-East region, both Gombe and Borno States reported six and five cases respectively, while the North-West States of Zamfara and Kano recorded two and one cases respectively.
Only Enugu State from the South-East appears on the infection chart on Thursday, with a single case.
The World Health Organisation, (WHO), has declared that Covid-19 vaccine shipments to Africa must rise by seven times, from about 20 million per month to 150 million each month on average.
The organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, who said this during a virtual news conference on Thursday, noted that the rise is necessary if the continent is to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its people by September, 2022.
She added that the United States pledged to share 500 million more Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries between now and 2021, bringing its total pledges to more than 1.1 billion doses.