Nigeria on Thursday recorded its worst day thus far in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 23 deaths and 1,479 new cases reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The 23 fatalities, the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic, have raised the number of deaths to 1,405 in total.
With the recent surge in coronavirus cases feeding through into fatalities, Nigeria has been having a consistent spike in deaths from the disease.
In the past 27 days, there have been nearly 200 fatalities as a result of COVID-19 complications in Nigeria.
Health authorities attributed the rising death toll to late referral of COVID-19 patients to treatment centres.
The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing last week, said caregivers are holding on to suspected cases for too long before presenting them for treatment.
But the NCDC director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu, attributed the spike in deaths to the surge in infections.
“Once infections numbers are rising there will be a rise in the fatality toll”, he said in a virtual conference Thursday.