The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed a total of 675 positive infections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 15 other States in the country.
The new cases recorded on Thursday were FCT (183), Lagos (128), Kaduna (85), Kwara (57), Katsina (50), Plateau (42), Rivers (29), Kano (33), Ondo (21), Ogun (17), Bauchi (10), Sokoto (5), Edo (2), Ekiti (1), Bayelsa (1) and Delta (1).
The tally – which was announced by the NCDC via Twitter – is the second highest number of positive cases recorded in a single day in Nigeria, since the pandemic began while the 790 positive cases recorded July 1 remains the highest.
While speaking at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Thursday, the Minister of Health – Osagie Ehanire had opined that the Nation might be at the beginning of a second wave of the pandemic, following the recent high counts of positive cases.
”We are seeing the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last few days, which we have frequently alluded to in recent times. This rightly suggests that we may just be on the verge of a second wave of this pandemic,” he stated.
The 675 cases recorded on Thursday also brings the total number of positive count to 71,344 cases since the outbreak earlier this year in the country.
232 new recoveries were also confirmed by the NCDC bringing the total number of recoveries to 65,474.
The NCDC also announced a total of six deaths recorded, making the number of fatalities rise to 1,190. The death count is also the highest recorded in a single day since September 8.