Nigeria Confirms 626 COVID-19 Cases As FG Warns Vaccine Skeptics
Written by MaryGift Sunday on September 1, 2021
Nigeria on Tuesday confirmed 626 new COVID-19 cases, as the Federal Government said it is mulling actions against vaccine skeptics.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the number of new cases in an update on its Facebook page.
According to the NCDC, the new cases were recorded in ten states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicenter, Lagos, had the highest number of cases for the day under review with 334 new infections. It was followed by Rivers State which had 134 fresh cases.
Other states with more COVID-19 infections are Oyo – 60, FCT – 41, Osun – 20, Plateau – 14, Ogun – 9 and Ekiti – 7, Kwara – 6, and Benue – 1.
As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases in the country stands at 192,431.
Of this figure, 178,759 have been treated and discharged while 2,469 people have died due to complications from the virus.
FG Mulls Action Against Skeptics
While the COVID-19 cases continue to soar in the country, the Federal Government said it is considering actions against those who refuse to take the vaccines.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the comment in Abuja on Tuesday as the second phase of the vaccination gathered momentum across the country.
“If some individuals refuse to take the vaccine, hence endangering those who have or those who could not due to medical exemptions, then we have to apply the basic rule of law which stipulates that your human right stops where mine begins,” he said, explaining that the government will ensure that the vaccines are available to Nigerians.
“So, you have a right to refuse vaccines, but you do not have the right to endanger the health of others.”
“Once these vaccines are made equitably available to all Nigerians, then we would need to have a frank discussion about justice, fairness, and liberty that exist around vaccine hesitancy,” he added.