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#COVID-19: Abia overtakes Lagos in new cases recorded as total infections hit 12,486

Abia State, on Sunday, recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Indeed, God’s own State, as it is fondly called recorded a surprising explosion in new cases; beating and leaving perennial leader, Lagos and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the shade.

In fact, Lagos did not only record less new cases than Abia; it was also topped by the FCT.

Specifically, 260 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Nigeria on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Abia accounted for 67 out of the 260 new cases, the highest among the states. Meanwhile, four other states – Lagos with 38 new cases, Ogun with 19, Gombe – 16 and Edo with 14; as well as the FCT which reported 40 new cases – all racked up double figures.

Meanwhile, 12 more casualties have been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. The 12 new deaths were recorded on Sunday. Equally important, the latest casualties take the COVID-19 death toll in Nigeria to 354.

On the other hand, an additional 133 people have beaten COVID-19 in Nigeria. These 133 patients, who have now been issued a clean bill of health and discharged to reunite with their families; have swelled the ranks of recoveries to 3959.

The foregoing formed part of the updates released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The details were released in its daily updates on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. Further, it shared the details via its verified handle on the microblogging site, Twitter.

The NCDC tweeted: ‘‘260 new cases of #COVID19; Abia-67, FCT-40, Lagos-38, Ogun-19, Gombe-16, Edo-14, Imo-9, Kwara-8, Katsina-8, Nasarawa-8, Borno-8, Kaduna-6, Bauchi-5, Ekiti-4, Niger-2, Ondo-2, Plateau-2, Kano-2, Sokoto-2. 12486 cases of #COVID19Nigeria. Discharged: 3959. Deaths: 354.’’

Also, the NCDC has apologized for an erroneous report in the cases of COVID-19 reported in Jigawa on Saturday.

‘‘Yesterday, we erroneously reported 7 new cases in Jigawa. Following further review, we can confirm that these were repeat tests for previously confirmed cases. We apologise for this error and remain committed to ensuring transparent and accurate reporting of test results,’’ the agency tweeted.

Meanwhile, the NCDC has further pegged total active cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria at 8,173. Also, it disclosed that total samples tested so far currently stand at 76,802. Both additional details were released via its microsite.

Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 per state in Nigeria as at Sunday, June 7.

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