COVID-19: Nigeria records new 416 cases, 12 deaths

Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday rose to 10, 578, as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 416 new infections.

On Monday 12 deaths from the virus were reported taking the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 299.

There has been a steady rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths reported in the country from the virus over the last one week.

With 192 infections Lagos recorded the highest number of cases reported. For the disease the state remains the epicenter.

The number of infections reported on Monday (416) increased as compared to the amount reported on Sunday (307).

The agency said the 416 new cases have been reported in 20 states in a late tweet Monday night.

These are The 416 new cases are reported from 20 states – Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Borno, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Oyo, Katsina, Abia, Delta, Adamawa, Kano, Imo, Ondo, Benue, Bauchi, Ogun and Niger.

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“Till date, 10578 cases have been confirmed, 3122 cases have been discharged and 299 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The 416 new cases are reported from 20 states – Lagos – 192, Edo – 41, Rivers – 33, Kaduna – 30, Kwara – 23, Nasarawa – 18, Borno – 17, FCT – 14, Oyo – 10, Katsina – 7, Abia – 5, Delta – 5, Adamawa – 4, Kano – 4, Imo – 3, Ondo – 3,, Benue – 2, Bauchi – 2, Ogun 2 and Niger – 1.

NCDC has tested 63,882 samples since the outbreak in Nigeria began in February.

Of the 10,578 positive cases in the country, there are 7,157 active COVID-19 cases, 3,122 people have recovered, with 299 deaths recorded.

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A breakdown of the 10,578 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 5, 135 cases, followed by Kano – 958, FCT – 674, Katsina – 371, Edo – 325, Oyo – 302, Kaduna – 288, Borno – 288, Ogun – 280, Jigawa – 270,, Bauchi – 240, Rivers – 239, Gombe – 161, Sokoto – 116, Kwara – 111, Plateau – 105, Delta – 88,, Nasarawa – 80, Zamfara – 76, Yobe – 52, Akwa Ibom – 45, Osun – 45, Adamawa – 42, Ebonyi – 40, Imo – 39, Niger – 33, Kebbi – 33, Ondo – 28, Bayelsa – 21, Ekiti – 20, Enugu – 18 Taraba – 18, Abia–15, Anambra – 1, Benue – 9 and Kogi – 2.

Despite the increasing  numbers, many Nigerians believe Nigeria is not testing enough and the statistics do not represent the country’s true situation.

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Meanwhile, on Monday, the federal government eased the lockout that has been in effect for weeks.

Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said the government cut the national curfew from 10 pm to 4 am.

This order takes effect from 2 June on Tuesday.

However, he clarified that the curfew ‘s purpose is to limit social interactions and, consequently, reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Mr Aliyu also announced the reopening of the financial sectors of the country, saying that they would be completely operational and allow regular working hours to function-five days a week.

“The mass gathering of 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship remains prohibited.”

“There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities, but local authorities will continue to provide guidance on opening times,” Mr Aliyu added.

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