COVID-19: Possible Fifth wave as NCDC reports three deaths in a week

Nigeria has recorded 1,332 infections and three fatalities of coronavirus between July 16 and 23, a hint that the country may be facing the fifth wave of the pandemic.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  in its latest statistics reaveal that Nigeria is facing  a giant rise in COVID-19 infections across the country with more than 3,000 active cases.

Before the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, NCDC has warned against a possible fifth wave, prompting Nigerians to heed to public health safety measures amidst the surging cases of infection in the country.

According to the latest NCDC data, the new cases have raised Nigeria’s infection toll to 260,339.

Also, it further showed that the fatality toll now stands at 3,147, as a backlog of two deaths were recorded for July 7 and another case reported on July 23.

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, Friday, confirmed the increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths around the globe.

The latest WHO statistics imply that as of July 24, 569,629,979 infections and 6,383,438 deaths have been recorded globally since the pandemic outbreak in 2020.

“In the past six weeks, the global weekly number of reported cases has almost doubled. As the virus continues to circulate widely, new and dangerous variants are emerging, including some which reduce the efficacy of vaccines,” Mr Ghebreyesus said as contained in a  statement.

The WHO boss in a virtual media briefing held in the same week under review stressed that the latest surge in infection is driven by the Omicron sublineages BA.4 and BA.5 variants of the virus.


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