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COVID-19: Nigeria records over 7000 confirmed cases as 11 more die of disease

Nigeria has crossed the 7000 mark in number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Specifically, 339 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded across Nigeria on Thursday, May 21, 2020; taking the total number of confirmed cases reported so far to 7016. In addition, 11 more persons have succumbed to the rampaging pandemic in Nigeria. Consequently, the new casualties have taken the death toll to 211.

Meanwhile, Lagos, once again, accounted for the highest number of new infections on Thursday. The state recorded 139 new cases of COVID-19.

In addition, eight other states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) racked up double figures. They include Kano and Oyo with 28 new cases each, Edo with 25 and Katsina with 22. Others are Kaduna which accounted for 18 new cases; Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 new cases each and the FCT with 11.

In summary, a total of 17 states and the FCT were responsible for all 339 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday.

Furthermore, 67 additional persons have beaten the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. The 67 persons have been discharged, thereby swelling the ranks of total recoveries to 1907.

The details above were made public by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control; the agency saddled with the task of managing the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Equally important, the details were shared via its verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

‘‘339 new cases of #COVID19; 139-Lagos, 28-Kano, 28-Oyo, 25-Edo, 22-Katsina, 18-Kaduna, 14-Jigawa, 13-Yobe, 13-Plateau, 11-FCT, 8-Gombe, 5-Ogun, 4-Bauchi, 4-Nasarawa, 3-Delta, 2-Ondo, 1-Rivers, 1-Adamawa. 7016 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Discharged: 1907. Deaths: 211,’’ the NCDC disclosed.

Currently, the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria stands at 4898. Also, total samples tested so far, as published on the micro-site of the NCDC; currently stand at 40, 043. In addition, the NCDC has disclosed that no new state has reported a case of COVID-19. Indeed, all confirmed cases reported so far in Nigeria have been from 34 states and the FCT.

Cross River and Kogi remain the only two states yet to record a single case of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a look at the breakdown of cases per state shows that Lagos, Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre; has recorded over 3000 confirmed cases. From the updates released on Thursday, Lagos has so far recorded 3093 cases, representing 44.1 per cent of Nigeria’s total.

Please refer to table below for details of cases per state

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