COVID-19: No respite for Nigeria as new cases jump to 288 on Friday

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria rose to 5445 on Friday after 288 new cases were recorded nationwide.

Equally important, the 288 new cases were reported across 14 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Once again, Lagos accounted for the majority of new cases reported on Friday; racking up 179 out of the 288 cases – a massive 62.2 per cent. Five other states recorded double figures in new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. They are Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, Borno and Ogun.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has risen to 171 in Nigeria. Also, a total of 1320 recoveries have been recorded. This figure represents the number of people who have been given a clean bill of health and discharged.

The foregoing details were made available by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). As a matter of fact, it made the disclosure via its verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

‘‘288 new cases of #COVID19; 179-Lagos, 20-Kaduna, 15-Katsina, 15-Jigawa, 13-Borno, 11-Ogun, 8-Kano, 7-FCT, 4-Niger, 4-Ekiti, 3-Oyo, 3-Delta, 3-Bauchi, 2-Kwara, 1-Edo. 5445 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Discharged: 1320. Deaths: 171,’’ the NCDC disclosed.

Also, the NCDC revealed that on the 14th of May, four cases reported from Plateau; as well as one case from Akwa Ibom, were repeat cases. Consequently, it noted that Plateau has a total of 21 cases and Akwa Ibom has a total of 16 cases.

In addition, total samples tested by the agency so far still stands at 30,657 on its website. 1st News can report that this represents the same figure reported in its update delivered on Thursday, May 14. However, details on its microsite shows that actual samples tested as at Thursday May 14 stood at 31,702.

Further, the NCDC says no new state has reported a case of COVID-19 in Nigeria. A total of 34 states and the FCT are responsible for all 5445 confirmed cases recorded so far.

This leaves Cross River and Kogi as the only two states yet to report a case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Furthermore, a breakdown of cases per state shows Lagos still leads the infection table with 2278 confirmed cases; representing 42 per cent of Nigeria’s total. Also, a total of 10 states and the FCT have all recorded over 100 confirmed cases.

Please see table below for breakdown of cases per state.


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