Covid-19: Infection rose by 77 percent in a week – Nexus News

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According to epidemiological data from the weekly COVID-19 situation report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the total number of COVID-19 cases soared by 77 percent in a week, according

The number of cases rose from 392 two weeks ago to 693 last week (July 5 to July 11).

The number of discharges (recoveries) also dropped by 87 percent, from the 433 persons discharged two weeks ago to 57 discharged last week.

Testing improved in the last week by 29 percent, from 28,656 tests in 32 states to 36,965 tests in 34 states.

Seven states operated poorly, testing less than 10 people in one week.

The states with their corresponding number of tests are Bauchi (1), Sokoto (1), Zamfara (1), Kogi (3), Yobe (3), Nasarawa (5), and Niger (5).

Lagos (15,673), FCT (5,405) and Rivers (3,991) tested the highest number of COVID-19 samples.

Till date, 169,884 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 2,128 deaths.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC Director-General cried out for caution on the dangerous Delta variant detected in Nigeria.

He said: “Given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, NCDC urges all Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

“Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and proper use of face masks, prevent infections and save lives.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease.

“Additionally, states are urged to ensure sample collection and testing for COVID-19 is accessible to the public.

“Public settings such as schools with accommodation facilities, workplaces and camps should utilise the approved Antigen based Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for rapid testing of their population.”

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, can be transmitted more easily.

Researchers have revealed that the Delta variant is about 50 percent more infectious than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K.

Alpha, also known as B.1.1.7, was already 50 percent more infectious than the initial coronavirus first identified in China in 2019, WebMD reports.

PublicCovid-19 health experts estimate that an average person who gets infected with Delta spreads it to about three or four other persons, as compared with one or two other people through the original coronavirus strain, according to Yale Medicine.

The Delta variant might be able to escape protection from vaccines and some COVID-19 treatments, though studies are still on.

The Delta variant was first detected in India in December 2020 and led to major outbreaks in the country. It then spread speedily and is now being reported in 104 countries, according to a CDC tracker.

As of early July, Delta has become the prevailing form of the coronavirus in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and other countries.

For instance, In the U.K The Delta variant now sums up to more than 97 percent of new COVID-19 cases, according to Public Health England. Scientists are still trailing the data to determine how deadly it is.

People who are yet to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are most at risk, Yale Medicine reported.

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