Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has reported ten new deaths from the novel respiratory infection, bringing total deaths recorded in the country from the disease to 1264.
The health agency in its daily update also revealed that 397 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Monday.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi in a brief briefing on Minday expaciated on the new strain of the infection found in the country.
He said a virus has ability to mutate but more findings is needed on the degree of its transmission.
“A virus has ability to mutate but we are not sure whether the new strain is deadlier.
“Infectivity is given R value, the higher the R the more people the virus can infect. At times mutation can increase R value.
“One of the strategies adopted in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 infection is the provision of COVID-19 Permanent Sample Collection Triage and Oxygen Therapy Centre in 10 LGAs across Lagos to support patients with oxygen before they are transferred to care centres” he explained.
NCDC further put the total infection in thebxointey to 84811, with 71357 recoveries.
Of the new 397 cases reported from 18 states Lagos leads with 144, Plateau 83, Kaduna 48, Adamawa 36, Rivers 22, Oyo 16 and Kebbi 10.
Others are Nasarawa 7, Sokoto 7, FCT 5, Kano 5, Edo 4, Jigawa 3, Ogun 2, Akwa Ibom 2, Niger 1, Bauchi 1 and Zamfara 1.
“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities”, it stated.