COVID-19: Nigeria records 111 new infections, two deaths
COVID-19: Nigeria records 111 new infections, two deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to official figures.
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020. As of 2 November 2020, more than 46.5 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.2 million deaths attributed to COVID-19.
COVID-19 mainly spreads through the air when people are near each other long enough, primarily via small droplets or aerosols, as an infected person breathes, coughs, sneezes sings, or speaks. Transmission via fomites (contaminated surfaces) has not been conclusively demonstrated. It can spread as early as two days before infected persons show symptoms (presymptomatic) and from asymptomatic (no symptoms) individuals. People remain infectious for up to ten days in moderate cases, and two weeks in severe cases.
Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The incubation period is typically around five days but may range from one to 14 days. There are several vaccine candidates in development, although none have completed clinical trials. There is no known specific antiviral medication, so primary treatment is currently symptomatic.
A total number of 1,146 deaths have now been recorded in Africa’s most populous country.
Nigeria has continued to record daily cases of infection below 300 since mid-August with the 111 infections reported on Sunday following the trend.
This brings the total number of infections in the country to 62, 964.
This is according to an update Sunday night from the country’s infectious disease outfit, NCDC.
The NCDC data showed that out of the nearly 63,000 infections so far, 58,790 persons have recovered and have been discharged.
There are still about 3, 000 active cases in the country.
The 111 new cases were reported from eight states. They are Lagos (49), FCT (30), Rivers (11), Plateau (10), Ogun (4), Kaduna (3), Oyo (3), Osun (1).
Lagos, Nigeria’s COVID-19 hotspot with over 21,000 infections, again led in Sunday’s tally with 49 new infections.