#COVID19: Nigeria Records 541 New Cases Of Coronavirus As Doctors’ Strike Enters 3rd Week

On Sunday, August 15, 541 persons across 12 Nigerian states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, tested positive for COVID-19.

In an update on its Facebook page Sunday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the new cases, which is slightly lower than the 665 reported a day earlier, raised the total infections in the country to 182,503.

The latest update from the NCDC came as the ongoing strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has continued to paralyse critical activities in tertiary hospitals across the country.

Resident doctors, who are in training to become consultants, are pivotal to frontline healthcare in Nigeria as they constitute a larger share of physicians in Nigeria’s tertiary hospitals.

Meanwhile, with 541 infections reported on Sunday, Nigeria has recorded 7,613 cases within two weeks since the strike commenced on August 2.

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