Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections exceed 56,000

The 188 official COVID-19 cases reported by Nigerian authorities on Friday, again one of the lowest in four months, took the total number of infections in the nation to over 56,000.

This is according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday night.

The latest figure also means Nigeria is yet to record more than 300 coronavirus infections in a day in about three weeks.

The new cases, according to the NCDC, were found in the following 19 states: Lagos (47), Enugu (25), Plateau (21), FCT (14), Abia (11), Delta (10), Bauchi (8), Ondo (8), Kaduna (8), Ogun (6), Imo (5), Benue (4), Katsina (4), Taraba (4), Edo (3), Kwara (3), Oyo (3), Rivers (2), Yobe (2).

Lagos, Nigeria’s COVID-19 hotspot with over 18,000 infections and 2,014 deaths, came tops in Friday’s tally with 47 new cases.

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Enugu and Plateau followed with 25 and 21 new cases respectively while Abuja, Nigeria’s capital and the second most impacted city, came fourth with 14 cases.

Nigeria has tested over 430,000 of its 200 million population for the virus since the country reported its index case on February 28 in an Italian traveler.

Meanwhile, health experts say the low figures being reported of late could be due to the decline in the rates of testing across the country.

Collection of samples declined in at least six states across the country in August, the NCDC had reported.

The number of deaths from the virus has also been low.

Only one person died from the virus on Friday, taking the total number of deaths from the virus to 1,076.

The NCDC in its daily update of the infection on its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov stated that out of the 56,017 infections so far, 43,998 persons have recovered and have been discharged.


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