February commenced on a relatively lighter note — compared to the past four weeks — as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 676 new COVID-19 infections.
The new case count, which was included in the agency’s update for February 1, is the country’s lowest single-day tally in the past four weeks.
Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic in the country, again recorded the highest number of new infections with 227 confirmed cases.
With 49,501 total confirmed cases, the state is now less than 500 infections away from hitting the 50,000 mark.
Rivers state recorded the second highest figure with 73 positive samples.
Other states that confirmed new infections are: Niger (69), Plateau (56), FCT (50), Kano (44), Oyo (43), Ogun (27), Gombe (18), Ondo (15), Enugu (10), Osun (10), Cross River (8), Edo (8), Nasarawa (7), Bauchi (4), Kaduna (3), Ekiti (2), and Zamfara (2).
However, on the daily record of deaths, the figure stayed on the high side, with 21 persons confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications on Monday.
The Monday figure makes it a total of 100 deaths recorded within the past seven days, increasing the current fatality toll to 1,607.
Meanwhile, according to the agency, 1,286 new recoveries were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, which included 776 discharged patients in Lagos state, and 96 in Plateau.
A total of 131,918 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed, of which 106,275 persons have been discharged, while 24,036 are currently active cases.