By G9ija

Nigeria on Sunday recorded its lowest daily COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the second wave in December 2020.

The 520 new cases reported in 19 states on Sunday indicated a significant decrease from the 1,143 reported in the previous 24 hours.

Sunday’s relatively low figure occurred largely because no data was included from Lagos, the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, which on Saturday recorded almost a third of the day’s total.

No reason was given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the non-inclusion of data from Lagos.

A similar situation has occurred twice this year with NCDC saying Lagos State health authorities did not turn in samples.

States are largely in charge of coronavirus management and response while the NCDC supports and receives daily reports from them.

The daily infection update is then published by the NCDC which ultimately serves as the yardstick Nigeria’s COVID-19 outbreak is measured.

In the past, some states that normally record daily cases, such as Kano, did not record new cases on particular days because no test was carried out on those days, largely due to lack of reagents or workers protest.

Lagos, however, remains the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria with over a third of the total infections.