The public health centre, in its verified website monitored on Sunday, said that 13 deaths were recorded on the date under review.
It attributed the recent surge in infections to the spread of the Delta variant in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the staggering Saturday figure represented a huge leap compared to the 304 cases announced a day earlier.
According to the agency, the total infection figure in the country currently stands at 186,635, while the 13 new deaths increased the total fatality figure to 2,260.
A breakdown of the infections showed that Lagos State led with 776 cases while Rivers followed with 196 cases.
It further showed that Ekiti ranked third with 49 cases, followed by Kwara with 33 cases, while Ogun and Benue recorded 21 and 18 cases respectively.
Oyo State followed with 13 cases; the FCT, five; Osun, four, while Yobe recorded two cases.
The NCDC said that there were currently 16,055, active cases, a sharp rise from the 2,000 active cases reported in June.
According to NCDC, over 2.6 million samples of the virus, out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population, were tested, with an average test positivity rate of six per cent.
“The more people are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus has to spread and develop new variants.
“Remember to always adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 to reduce the risk of spread.
“Always wear a face mask, avoid large gatherings, observe physical distancing and wash hands frequently with soap and water,” it advised. (NAN)