This is according to a study performed independently by investigators at the University of Oxford.
“As of December 19, Nigeria reported 223,887 cases and 2,985 deaths in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
More than 10,000 students were required to stay in their dormitory rooms or go to quarantine hotels in the northeastern city of Dalian.
The governor is also considering locking down the state to curb the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The seven COVID-19 related deaths recorded on Wednesday increased the country’s fatality figure to 2,288.
Among the total, 221 were infected with the Delta variant, 24 with Alpha, one with Beta and one with Gamma.
South Africa is Africa’s worst-hit country in terms of absolute numbers, with 2.1 million Coronavirus cases documented there.
The United Kingdom has taken off the COVID-19 travel advisory warning for Nigeria.
The DG said vaccine nationalism is an ineffective public health strategy against a respiratory virus that is mutating quickly and becoming increasingly successful at infecting new hosts.