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Nigeria records 553 COVID-19 cases – highest daily figure yet

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Saturday announced the highest daily figure of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria yet, with 553 new infections recorded.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 9, 855.

The country recorded the second and third highest daily figure from confirmed COVID-19 within the past five days. The cases were reported on May 27, with 389 cases and May 29, with 387 cases.

Also, 12 deaths were recorded from the virus on Saturday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 273.

Lagos recorded the highest number of cases with 378 infections. The state remains the epicentre for the disease.

The agency in a tweet late Saturday night said the 553 new cases were reported in 15 states. These are Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Delta, Edo, Rivers, Ogun, Kaduna, Kano, Borno, Katsina, Jigawa, Oyo, Yobe, Plateau and Osun.

“Till date, 9855 cases have been confirmed, 2856 cases have been discharged and 273 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The 553 new cases are reported as follows: Lagos – 378, FCT – 52, Delta – 23, Edo – 22, Rivers – 14, Ogun – 13, Kaduna 12, Kano – 9, Borno – 7, Katsina – 6, Jigawa – 5, Oyo – 5, Yobe – 3, Plateau – 3, and Osun– 1.

BREAKDOWN
Since the beginning of the outbreak in Nigeria in February, 60, 825 samples have been tested by NCDC.

There are 6, 726 active COVID-19 cases in the country as 2,856 people have recovered and discharged from the virus, with 273 deaths recorded.

A breakdown of the 9, 885 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 4,755 cases, followed by Kano – 951, FCT – 616, Katsina – 364, Edo – 284, Oyo – 280, Borno – 271,Jigawa – 270, Ogun – 259, Kaduna – 244, Bauchi – 236, Rivers – 204, Gombe – 156, Sokoto – 116, Plateau – 104, Kwara – 87, Delta – 80, Zamfara – 76, Nasarawa – 62, Yobe – 52, Akwa Ibom – 45, Osun – 45, Ebonyi – 40, Adamawa – 38, Imo – 34, Kebbi – 33, Niger – 30, Ondo – 25, Ekiti – 20, Enugu – 18, Taraba – 18, Bayelsa – 12, Anambra – 11, Abia – 10, Benue – 7 and Kogi – 2.

Despite the increasing figures, many Nigerians are alleging that Nigeria is not testing enough and the figures might not be the right presentation of the real situation in the country.

The director general of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, had earlier highlighted the need to intensify efforts to improve COVID-19 testing in Nigeria.

NCDC said on Saturday it had activated an additional laboratory to its molecular laboratory network.

The Bauchi State Reference Molecular Laboratory is the 29th of its kind in the country.

The health agency in a tweet earlier on Saturday said two more laboratories, in Kwara and Gombe, are in progress.

“We are pleased to announce the inclusion of an additional lab to the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network: Bauchi State Reference Molecular Laboratory,” it said.

“This brings the total number of labs with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria to 29. In progress: Kwara and Gombe.”

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