Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Hit 56,388

Health officials wear protective gear to tend to Lassa fever patients at the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Irrua, Edo State, midwest Nigeria, on March 6, 2018. – Nigeria is battling on two fronts against an unprecedented outbreak of Lassa fever, a cousin of Ebola, that has already killed 110 people in 2018. Even as doctors are grappling to contain the threat, health watchdogs are struggling to understand why the deadly virus has spread so dramatically. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 353 Lassa cases since January 1, 2018, compared with 143 cases for the whole of 2017. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected a total of 56,388 persons in Nigeria to date, the country’s health agency has revealed.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in an update on Twitter at midnight on Monday, also said the death toll from the pandemic in Nigeria jumped to 1, 083.

It stated that one new fatality raised the death toll to 1,083.

The agency said 132 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, were recorded across Nigeria on Monday, Sept. 14.

According to the NCDC, the new cases now bring the number of confirmed infections in the country to 56,388.

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It noted that 185 people had been treated and had recovered from the virus, bringing the nation’s number of recovery to 44,337.

Lagos State had the highest number of recorded cases on Monday with 52, Gombe State followed with 27 cases and Plateau State came next with 17 cases.

The other states were Kwara-10, Enugu-9 , Ogun-9 , Katsina-3 , Ekiti-2 , Bauchi-1 , Osun-1 and Rivers-1.

The NCDC said that as at Sept. 14, 132 new confirmed cases and one death were recorded in the country.

“Till date, 56388 cases have been confirmed, 44337 cases have been discharged and 1083 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,”It said.

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Meanwhile, the agency said that it was critical for Nigerians to take responsibility to maintain the gains achieved in the nation’s response to COVID-19, to reduce the risk of a spike in cases as international flights resume.

“We have updated the self-isolation guideline to reflect the current protocol for return travellers, this can be accessed on our website – Every returning traveller must carry out a COVID-19 test, after seven days of self-isolation, it stated.

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