The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed a total number of 156 new cases of COVID-19 the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus in the country.
The NCDC made the announcement Friday night on its verified Twitter handle.
It said the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria is now 54,743 with 42,816 patients discharged and 1,051 deaths recorded.
Africa has more than 1.2 million cases and more than 29,000 deaths.
As of September 4, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 30,596. There are 1,275,815 confirmed infections and 1,015,865 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Worldwide, the number of those diagnosed with COVID-19 has exceeded 26 million. According to a count by Johns Hopkins University, more than 26.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and more than 872,000 have died, while more than 17.6 million people have recovered.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety.
Just as a widely cited model from the University of Washington predicts worsening outbreaks as winter returns to the Northern Hemisphere, with daily deaths expected to reach as high as 30,000 deaths during December.
The global COVID-19 death toll could total 2.8 million by January 1, about 1.9 million more from now until the end of the year.