With 930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day, Nigeria yesterday recorded its worst certified transmission of the deadly virus that has so far killed 1,200 people and infected a total of 75,062 since the first case was reported on February 28.
Yesterday’s figure beat that of December 11, which at 796 certified cases, was the highest incidence of the virus in a day.
The uptick in number of positive cases since December confirmed the apprehension of the federal government that Nigeria is on the cusp of the second wave of the pandemic, which resulted in the collapse of the price of oil, Nigeria’s chief source of foreign exchange earnings, plunging the nation’s economy into its second recession in five years.
Since August 22 when Nigeria had 601 positive cases in a day, there has been a sharp decline in the number of those who tested positive for COVID-19 with the lowest figure of 37 confirmed cases recorded on October 21.
However, the number of confirmed cases began an ascent on December 11, rising to an all-time high figure of 796 confirmed incidents in a day.
However, barring any hiccups, COVID-19 vaccines will be available for administration to Nigerians from next month, the federal government has said.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, yesterday told State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with President Muhammadu Buhari participating virtually from Daura, that Nigeria had already signed up for access to the vaccines through the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Gavi.