A NCDC report has shown that 320 deaths has been recorded in August alone over COVID-19 third wave.
Three hundred and twenty persons have died of COVID-19 infection in August alone, epidemiological data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed, The Nation report.
The reality of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is further accentuated with data showing that the total number of deaths recorded between March 1 to July 31, 2021, which amounts to 234 deaths, is far less than the total deaths recorded in August alone.
The situation report obtained by The Nation showed that between August 1 to August 31, the death toll rose from 2,149 to 2,469 deaths. Also, within the same period, new infection cases rose from 174,315 to 192,431 cases, while the number of recoveries increased from 165,037 to 178,759; representing an 8.3 percent discharge rate.
With the rate of infection still rising across states, the federal government has urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to non-pharmaceutical interventions, which include regular handwashing with soap in flowing water, hand sanitising, proper wearing of the face mask, maintaining social distance, and avoiding large gatherings.
Also, with the volume of COVID-19 vaccines coming into the country, the federal government has urged Nigerians to get vaccinated.
As of August 30, 2021, Nigeria has so far vaccinated 2,897,201 and 1,430,379 eligible persons with 1st and 2nd doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine respectively across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
Also, as of September 2, 2021, 640,454 persons have been vaccinated with their first dose of Moderna vaccine. This represents 32 percent of persons vaccinated.