The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday December 24th, 2020 confirmed 1,041 cases of COVID-19.
Another new variant of coronavirus has emerged in Nigeria, a leading public health official yesterday reported.
Head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, has revealed the existence of the new P681H strain on Thursday, December 24.
According to reports, the new variant of coronavirus is different from the ones found recently in the UK and South Africa.
“Give us some time. It’s still very early. Unlike the variant seen in the UK, we haven’t observed such rapid rise of the lineage in Nigeria and do not have evidence to indicate that the P681H variant is contributing to increased transmission of the virus in Nigeria,” he said.
According to the COVID-19 daily count reported on Thursday, Lagos registered 316 cases, out of the 1,041 reported
The FCT Abuja posted 210 cases, Kaduna 83 and Plateau 70.
Twenty two states and Abuja logged the new cases, five states more than those that reported 1,133 cases on Wednesday.
NCDC also reported 377 discharged, making the total discharge 69,651.
Active cases have also ballooned to 11,070 out of 81,963 confirmed cases.
Here is a breakdown of the latest cases: