1244 new COVID-19 cases emerged in Nigeria on Monday, January 11, 2021 with 62% of the cases being reported from Lagos, the hotbed of the pandemic in the country.
The 1244 new COVID-19 cases brought the total number of confirmed cases to 101,331 out of which 80,491 have been discharged.
Three more deaths on Monday brought the total number of mortalities associated to COVID19 to 1,361 deaths in the country.
The 1244 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria were in 17 states and the FCT with Lagos having 774, FCT 125 and Plateau 103.
Meanwhile it emerged on Monday that the government is considering a second national lockdown to check the rampaging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first instance, government officials disclosed at the Monday briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that it was considering an indefinite deferment of the resumption of schools earlier scheduled for January 18, 2021.
Given the sustained increase in cases, with 1244 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the agency said it would also continue to work closely with state governments, provide support through the deployment of Rapid Response Teams, provide laboratory and medical supplies as well as carry out other response activities.
“We urge state governments to take greater ownership of their response, maintain their COVID-19 surveillance structures, laboratory diagnosis and testing.
“Unless states actively test, they will not know their disease burden, putting local communities at greater risk of adverse outcomes, if the virus is not detected and impacts vulnerable populations.
1244 New COVID-19 Cases in Nigeria on Monday, January 11
“NCDC has significantly scaled-up the national testing capacity by expanding the number of laboratories for COVID-19 testing across states.
“Testing remains one of the best tools we have in our fight against COVID-19, as it enables prompt clinical management and helps in preventing further transmission.
“The cumulative number of samples tested in the country has increased significantly, and some states have sustained their higher levels of testing.