Coronavirus: Nigeria’s new cases rise again as country records second highest figure

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Nigeria reported 758 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, its second-highest daily number since it recorded its first case of the virus in February.

The number is over 300 per cent higher than the 201 cases recorded the previous day and came four days after the country recorded its highest daily figure of 796. The previous record before the 796 was the 745 reported on June 19.

In nearly two weeks, daily cases in the country averaged 500 for the first time since the pandemic reached Nigeria in late February.

The total number of infections in the country is now 74,132.

Lagos and Abuja are the hardest hit cities and again had the highest numbers on Tuesday.

Three deaths were also recorded on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 1,200.

Meanwhile, of the over 74,000 infections recorded in Nigeria, 66,494 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

Hospitalisation has also been on the rise as active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 to over 5,000 due to rise in new infections.

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