Nigeria reached its latest single-day record on Thursday with 1,964 fresh coronavirus infections confirmed across 23 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
The development comes less than one week after the previous highest daily record.
The previous single day record was on January 15, 2021, when 1,867 new cases were confirmed in 23 states and the FCT.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the new positive samples in its update for January 21, 2021, making it the 18th consecutive day that the country has recorded over 1,000 new cases.
Lagos topped the list with 824 fresh cases, followed by FCT with 246 infections, and Plateau with 166 positive samples.
Meanwhile, seven persons were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications on Thursday, increasing the fatality toll to 1,485.
On the daily count for discharged patients, Nigeria stayed on the plus side with 1,310 new recoveries recorded on Thursday.
According to the NCDC, the discharged patients included “798 community recoveries in Lagos State and 191 community recoveries in Ondo state managed in line with guidelines”.
A total of 116,655 infections have now been confirmed across the country, but 21,542 are currently active cases.