COVID-19: Nigeria Records 313 New Cases as Toll Hits 7,839

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 24 – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NDDC) on Sunday night, announced 313 new cases of coronavirus and five deaths in Nigeria bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,839 with 226 deaths from the pandemic.

Lagos recorded the highest daily figure of cases reported with 148 infections. The state also remains the epicentre of the disease.

There was an increase in the number of infections reported on Sunday (313) compared to the number reported on Saturday (265).

The agency in a tweet late Sunday night said the 313 new cases were reported in 17 states. These are Lagos , Federal Capital Territory (FCT,) Rivers, Edo, Kano, Ogun, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Delta, Oyo, Plateau, Kaduna, Kwara, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Niger and Anambra.

“Till date, 7839 cases have been confirmed, 2263 cases have been discharged and 226 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The 313 new cases are reported from 17 states: Lagos – 148, FCT – 36, Rivers – 27, Edo – 19, Kano – 13, Ogun – 12, Ebonyi – 11, Nasarawa – 8, Delta – 8, Oyo – 7, Plateau – 6, Kaduna – 5, Kwara – 4 Akwa Ibom – 3, Bayelsa – 3, Niger – 2, and Anambra – 1.

Nigeria has so far tested 44,458 persons since the beginning of the pandemic.

A breakdown of all the confirmed cases so far shows that out of the total confirmed cases, there are 5,350 active cases, 2,263 have recovered and have been discharged, and 226 deaths have been reported.

A breakdown of the 7,839 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 3,505 cases, followed by Kano – 896, FCT – 505, Katsina – 308, Borno – 250, Jigawa – 241, Oyo – 240, Bauchi – 232, Ogun – 231, Edo – 191, Kaduna – 189, Gombe – 145, Rivers – 116, Sokoto – 116, Plateau – 83, Kwara – 79, Zamfara – 76, Yobe – 47, Nasarawa – 46, Osun – 42, Delta – 39, Ebonyi – 33, Kebbi – 32, Niger – 28, Adamawa – 27, Akwa Ibom – 24, Ondo – 23, Ekiti – 20, Taraba – 18, Enugu – 18 Bayelsa – 11 Imo – 7, Abia – 7, Anambra – 9, and Benue – 5.

There has been an increase in the number of cases reported across the states despite Nigeria’s low figure of people tested for the virus.

So far, only two states, Kogi and Cross River, have not reported any case in the country.

The NCDC cautioned Nigerians that by disregarding the COVID-19 preventive measures, they can put themselves and others at risk.

It also reiterated that places authorised to be opened should operate under controlled access and adhere to preventive measures such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks amongst others.

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