COVID-19: Nigeria Records Additional 600 Cases, Total Now 155, 076

Algerian paramedics wearing protective outfits are pictured in front of El-Kettar hospital’s special unit to treat cases of novel coronavirus in the capital Algiers on February 26, 2020. – Algerian authorities announced yesterday the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus, in an Italian citizen who arrived in the country on February 17. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Nigeria’s health agency on Friday night announced the country recorded additional 600 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 155, 076.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in a tweet, added that 11 COVID-19 deaths were also recorded, raising the total number of fatality in the country to 1,902

NCDC stated that the new infections were registered across 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the past 24 hours.

It stated that the 600 new cases were reported from 21 states,namely: Lagos (169), Taraba (92), Ogun (65), Cross River (57), FCT (38), Rivers (28), Kwara (26), Akwa Ibom (25), Osun (21), Plateau (12), Borno and Gombe (nine each).

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Abia and Ebonyi recorded eight each, while Ekiti and Kano confirmed seven each, just as Delta reported six, and Oyo- eight.

Bauchi and Nasarawa states rcorded three cases each, and Sokoto had one.

According to the centre, a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

The NCDC’s discharge for Friday include 204 community recoveries in Lagos state, 124 in Kwara state, 121 in Osun state, and 73 in Rivers state managed in line with its guidelines.

The health agency also added data registered from Taraba State over the past two days.

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in the country currently stands at 20,608 in the past 24 hours.

It will be recalled that the country recorded its first COVID-19 case, an imported case from Italy on Feb. 27, 2021 through an Italian man who travelled to Lagos state, the country’s largest city and one of the continent’s biggest metropolises.

Nigeria registered its first death from COVID-19 on March 23, 2021 – the case of a 67-year male who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.

Till date, the country has confirmed 155,076 cases, out of which 132, 544 cases have been discharged after successful treatment, and 1, 902 deaths have sadly been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

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So far, the country has tested 1,489,103 people since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced a year ago.

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