The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,598 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 108,943.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Saturday.
“1598 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-461 FCT-206 Plateau-197 Rivers-168 Kaduna-116 Anambra-53 Ogun-49 Ebonyi-47 Edo-42 Sokoto-32 Imo-31 Katsina-31 Oyo-30 Akwa Ibom-27 Delta-16 Kano-16 Abia-15 Niger-15 Ondo-11 Bayelsa-10 Borno-9 Kebbi-8 Ekiti-7 Jigawa-1.”
Meanwhile, NCDC has insisted that the new highly transmittable variant of the COVID-19 had not been detected in the country.
It explained that the centre was able to determine the absence of the new COVID-19 variant in the country through genomic sequencing is conducted in partnership with African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases and the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State.
“Viruses mutate, the emergence of new variant strains of COVID-19 isn’t news.
“Genomic sequencing in Nigeria shows no evidence yet of variants associated with the increased transmission, but we’re looking,” it said.
The NCDC, however, said it would not relent in its disease surveillance efforts.