More than 1,700 people have died from COVID-19 in Nigeria

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More than 1,700 people have died from coronavirus in Nigeria since the disease first appeared in the country almost a year ago.

On Wednesday, the daily figure for recorded deaths was eight, bringing the total to 1,702, according to an analysis of figures from an health agency.

Since the beginning of this year, there has been an upscale in daily deaths from the virus in what public health experts attributed to the spike in new cases officially tagged the second wave; resulting in shortages in oxygen supply for patients in critical conditions.

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded one of its highest COVID-19 daily death toll with 21 people dead.

About 69 people died from COVID-19 complications last week while 76 died in the previous week.

About 1,131 new infections were also detected on Wednesday bringing the total number of known cases in the country to 142,578.

This is according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Wednesday night.

Nigeria’s daily COVID-19 infections have averaged over 1,000 since the beginning of this year, indicating how fast the disease has spread compared to when the country recorded its first case of the virus in February last year.

There has been a spike in daily cases in Nigeria since early last December.

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