COVID-19: Nigeria records 16 more deaths as it prepares for mass vaccination

Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 16 deaths from COVID-19 as the country ramps up plans to commence vaccination after taking delivery of four million Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs on Tuesday.

The fatality toll in the country has relatively been high though daily infections seem to be declining.

Wednesday’s death tally raised the fatality toll in the past three days to 32 in total.

With the latest figure, the total fatality toll in the country is now 1,939, according to an update published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Wednesday night.

According to the NCDC, 464 new COVID-19 cases were found in 22 states on Wednesday.

The figure is slightly lower than the 479 infections on Tuesday. In the past 12 days, daily infection figures have been hovering between 300 and 600 after weeks of high numbers.

Nigeria recorded its lowest daily figure for new coronavirus infections in about six months with the 240 new cases reported on Sunday.

The total number of cases in the country is now 156,963.

While it is hoped that the decline will make the beginning of the end of the outbreak, health experts believe the official data under-reports both infections and deaths because of the country’s limited testing capacity.

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