Nigeria recorded 11 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the total death toll to 1,278.
In the past 12 days, there have been 66 recorded deaths from the coronavirus, data from the infectious disease agency, NCDC, shows.
The NCDC in an update on its microsite Wednesday night said 1016 new cases were discovered across 21 states, taking the total figure in the country to 86,576.
Since early December, there has been a spike in coronavirus cases in Nigeria.
Health experts believe the lowering of guard on safety and the weak enforcement of protocols especially in the country’s major airports in Abuja and Lagos could be responsible for the development, warning that the situation could get worse if citizens keep violating safety protocols.
Active cases in the country rose sharply from about 3,000 some weeks ago to over 11,000 due to a rise in new infections.
Of the over 86,000 cases so far, 73,322 patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.
The 1,016 new cases were reported from 21 states – Lagos (434), FCT (155), Plateau (94), Kaduna (56), Rivers (56), Oyo (30), Nasarawa (27), Zamfara (25), Abia (22), Enugu (18), Kano (18), Bayelsa (15), Edo (14), Ogun (11), Borno (10), Ebonyi (8), Jigawa (7), Anambra (4), Delta (3), Niger (3), Akwa Ibom (3), and Osun (3).
Lagos led with 434 new cases followed by the FCT with 155 new infections on Wednesday.