COVID-19: As Nigerian doctors down tools, country confirms 407 new infections

Nigeria on Sunday confirmed 407 new cases of coronavirus infections across 16 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Though the figure is less than the 497 recorded 24 hours earlier, it is still high compared to the consistent steep reduction in the number of cases that were recorded before the highly transmissible Delta variant found its way to the country.

The increased figures of daily infections are, however, being recorded at a time Nigerian doctors are set for nationwide industrial action beginning on Monday.

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called out its members to resume an “indefinite and total strike” on Monday to press home its demand for better welfare packages said to be contained in a memorandum of action signed with the government in April.

There was, however, a sign of respite against COVID-19 on Sunday with the reported arrival of additional vaccines for continued inoculation of Nigerians against the rampaging virus.

The Nigerian government is scheduled to formally take delivery of a total of 4.08 million of Moderna vaccines donated by the government of the United States of America.

New infections

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in an update on its Facebook page late Sunday night, the 407 new cases have raised Nigeria’s total infection to 174,315.

The disease centre, however, said no new death was recorded from disease in the last 24 hours, keeping the fatality toll at 2,149.

The last fatality recorded was on Friday when eight persons were confirmed dead from COVID-19-related complications.

Breakdown

A breakdown of the NCDC data revealed that 16 states and the FCT contributed to the 407 new cases on Sunday.

Nigeria’s commercial centre and coronavirus epicentre once again took the lead with 160 cases out of the 407.

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