Nigeria Records 542 Fresh COVID-19 Cases as NCDC Announces Discovery of New Variant


Nigeria recorded 542 fresh cases of coronavirus and 23 fatalities on Monday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The NCDC data released on its Twitter handle shows that the total number of cases in the country has risen to 152, 616.

The cases were recorded from 21 states with Lagos leading with 99 infections and followed by Kwara with 91 cases.

Others are Ebonyi-48, Ogun-44, Kaduna-42 Oyo-33, Ondo-25, FCT-24, Kebbi-23, Osun-20, Ekiti-17, Nasarawa-12, Imo-11, Delta-10, Gombe-9, Kano-8, Katsina-7, Rivers-7, Edo-5, Plateau-4 and Bauchi-3.

NCDC also announced 23 fatalities taking death toll to 1,862 while persons who have been discharged increased to 129,300.

Meanwhile, NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu said that a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.

Ihekweazu disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.

The new strain, B.1.2.5, which is different from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 has, however, not been described as a variant of concern yet.

The DG noted that researchers and scientists were still working hard to understand if the variant had any effect on the virus’ transmissibility, immunity as well as diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics.