Coronavirus kills 193 Nigerians in 20 days

  • 11,000 new infections in one week
  • New variants not cause of rising cases- Experts

COVID-19 cases and deaths have continued to increase across the country since the beginning of the year, Daily Trust investigations have shown.

Data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that 193 persons died from COVID-19 within 20 days, between January 4 and 24.

As of Wednesday, January 27, the country has recorded 126, 160 confirmed cases of the virus, with 24, 251 active cases and 1, 544 deaths.

While the country began to witness a second wave since November last year, the significant increase in cases and deaths in the last three weeks has raised concerns.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday signed the COVID-19 Health Protections Regulations 2021 to ensure compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The guidelines stated among others that those who contravened the provisions risk a fine or a term of six months imprisonment.

“An offense under these Regulations is punishable, under Section 5 of the Quarantine Act,” it said.

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