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NCDC announces 49 new cases, total now 542

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, April 18; announced that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 542 cases.

NCDC made this pronouncement via a tweet which stated that; 49 new cases were reported in Lagos, Kano, Abuja (FCT), Ogun, Oyo and Ekiti.

With the newest update, there was a drop in the tally of daily figures released by the agency; as compared to that of Friday, which recorded the highest daily figure yet.

Also, Nigeria’s death toll from the disease increased from 17 on Friday to 19.

The breakdown of the new cases showed that Lagos has 23 cases; followed by FCT – 12, Kano – 10, Ogun 2, Oyo and Ekiti one apiece.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Nigeria, while confirmed cases in Kano have been on the rise since the first confirmed case was announced on Sunday in the city.

The NCDC said so far 542 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. Of this, 166 have been discharged while 19 people have died.

As of the time of reporting, 19 states and the FCT have confirmed at least a case of the virus in Nigeria.

Lagos State has now reported 306 cases, followed by FCT – 81, Kano – 37, Osun – 20, Edo – 15, Oyo – 16, Ogun – 12, Kwara – 9, Katsina – 9, Bauchi, Kaduna, and Akwa Ibom – 6, Delta and Ekiti – 4, while Ondo has 3 cases. Enugu, Niger, and Rivers have two cases each, while Benue and Anambra have recorded one each.

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