Nigeria has recorded 1,244 new infections recorded in 17 states, with three more deaths as the second wave of COVID-19 continues to sweep across the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which released the figures on Monday said the total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 101,331.
While Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 774 cases, the FCT came second with 125 infections followed by Plateau with 102 fresh cases.
Others include Anambra – 47, Ondo – 46, Rivers – 27, Edo – 18, Kaduna, Ogun and Gombe – 16, Bauchi and Kano – 11, Nasarawa – 10, Akwa Ibom and Sokoto, Borno – 5, Ekiti – 4 and Zamfara – 2.
On a positive note, 80,491 patients have been successfully treated and discharged after recovering from COVID-19.
Reacting to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the NCDC said Nigeria is reaching a critical level where hospitals can no longer cope with more serious COVID-19 cases.
In a tweet on Monday, the NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said health workers would be forced to make tough decisions, calling for the protection of vulnerable citizens amid the rising cases of the virus.
“We are reaching a critical level where our hospital capacity will no longer be able to cope with more serious COVID-19 cases and health workers will be forced to make tough decisions. We need to protect our more vulnerable citizens,” he tweeted.
“We all have to take responsibility. This is not for the NCDC, the PTF or government alone. By organising large gatherings indoors, you’re not only putting yourself and guests at risk but also the staff who have limited choice but to serve. By going to clubs, you’re putting your parents at risk.”
The NCDC boss said a number of coronavirus cases reported in the country had been on the rise in the last four weeks.
According to Ihekweazu, Nigerians must note that the 100,000 persons that contracted COVID-19 in the last 11 months were not just figures but persons.
“In the last four weeks, we‘ve recorded a spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The virus is spreading fast, causing mild symptoms in some and severe illness/death in others.
“Most important of all, the 100,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths are not just numbers. These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, friends whose deaths will be mourned and the pain of their loss deeply felt. The response starts and ends with the people of this country,” he said.