Nigeria has recorded 471 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus as resident doctors across the country continue to strike over unpaid benefits.
The new cases were reported on Sunday from 13 states, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Lagos took the lead with 219 cases and was followed by Akwa Ibom, (102) and Ondo (37).
Other states which recorded new cases include Kwara (19), Rivers (16), Ekiti (15), Delta (14), Ogun (7), FCT (5), Niger (2), Edo (1) and Katsina (1).
Till date, Nigeria has recorded 178,086 cases of the virus with 165,763 of them discharged and 2,187 deaths
Nigeria has recently seen an uptick in new cases of COVID-19 as fears of a third wave continues to loom amid a doctors’ strike which commenced on August 2.
The doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (N.A.R.D), are asking the Federal Government to complete payment of salaries and bonuses among other demands.
The Minister Of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has threatened to replace striking doctors for not following due process in abandoning their posts, stoking worries that the strike may be prolonged.
To prepare for the surge in new cases, the government has advised Nigerians to adhere to health protocols such as wearing of masks and social distancing, especially in indoor settings.
The second phase of vaccination was also expected to kick start on Tuesday after the US donated over four million of the Moderna vaccine.