Nigeria on Tuesday lost 17 people to the novel coronavirus infection as the pandemic rages, making it the highest daily death toll since the first index case was reported in the country on the 27th of February 2020.
Aside the 17 newly confirmed deaths from the infections, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) also reported additional 597 new cases across 13 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
It was also gathered that a new variant of the coronavirus identified as C.1.2, has also been detected by scientists in South Africa based on the types of mutations it contains and the speed at which the mutations have occurred.
In a publication by Aljazeera on Tuesday, a pre-print study put out by South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases notes that the C.1.2 variant was first identified in the Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces in May 2021, as the variant carrying the most mutations since the original “wild” variant emerged in China.
Meanwhile, the latest data posted by the NCDC on Tuesday night on its Facebook page shows that the country’s total infection from the pandemic currently stands at 196,487 while the fatality toll increased to 2,573 from 2,556 reported 24 hours earlier.
According to the agency, a total of 8,755 Nigerians are currently down with the disease nationwide.
The NCDC data revealed that Lagos State reported the highest figure of 204 cases out of 597 infections, followed by Rivers and Edo States with 89 and 65 cases respectively.
The FCT recorded 50 infections to rank fourth on the chart, Oyo ranked 5th with 47 cases, while Enugu and Ekiti registered 46 and 24 cases respectively.
Cross River recorded 17 cases, followed by Delta and Gombe States with 15 cases each; Osun, 12; Plateau, six; Benue, five, while Kano recorded two cases as the state with the lowest number of cases for the day.
About C.1.2 variant, WHO’s spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, was reported to have told a United Nations briefing that they were monitoring the variant but that it does not appear to be spreading.
She said for a variant to be declared a “variant of concern” by the WHO, it must be proven to show “increased transmissibility, virulence or change in clinical disease, and a decreased effectiveness of public health and social measures.”
According to the global body, the variant has been detected in more than a hundred countries and is expected to spread to more countries.