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COVID-19: Official death toll now 150 in Nigeria

The official death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has hit 150 in Nigeria; even as 242 new cases were reported on Monday, May 11, taking the country’s total confirmed cases to 4641.

This was disclosed by the country’s disease-fighting agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Of the 242 new cases recorded yesterday, Lagos once again accounted for the majority with 88. Also, three other states racked up double figures in new cases on Monday. They are Kano which reported 64 new cases; Katsina with 49 new cases and Kaduna with 13.

In summary, 13 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were responsible for the 242 new cases reported Monday. In addition, the number of patients who have been discharged after making full recoveries from COVID-19 also rose to 902.

Equally important, the NCDC made this disclosure via its verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

‘‘242 new cases of #COVID19; 88-Lagos, 64-Kano, 49-Katsina, 13-Kaduna, 9-Ogun, 6-Gombe, 4-Adamawa, 3-FCT, 1-Ondo, 1-Oyo, 1–Rivers, 1-Zamfara, 1-Borno, 1-Bauchi. 4641 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Discharged: 902. Deaths: 150,’’ the NCDC tweeted.

Meanwhile, the agency also revealed that it had erroneously announced two new COVID-19 deaths in Nasarawa. The deaths were announced on April 10, 2020. However, it has reversed itself, affirming that only one death was actually recorded in Nasarawa on the said day.

‘‘We apologise to the State Government for this error & remain committed to providing accurate data,’’ the agency stated.

Furthermore, information on the website of the NCDC reveals that so far, a total of 27,078 samples have been tested. Also, no new state has reported a case of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Indeed, all the 4641 cases confirmed cases in Nigeria originated from 34 states and the FCT. Cross River and Kogi remain the only two states that are yet to report a single COVID-19 infection.

As a matter of fact, a look at the breakdown of COVID-19 cases per state in Nigeria reveals that 10 states and the FCT have all recorded over a hundred cases each. Also, Lagos remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria; accounting for a whopping 1933 cases out of the 4641 recorded so far – representing 42 per cent.

In addition, four states – Lagos, Kano, Katsina, Borno –  and the FCT; are responsible for 72 per cent of total cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria so far.

Please see a detailed breakdown of cases per state below.

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