Nigeria Records 16 New Cases As Coronavirus Spreads to More States

A commercial tricycle operator operating along Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Nigeria

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

The body disclosed that with the new cases, Nigeria now has a total of 254 confirmed cases, spreads across 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

"Sixteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 10 in Lagos, 2 in the FCT, 2 in Oyo, 1 in Delta and 1 in Katsina

As at 09:30 pm 7th April there are 254 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Forty-four have been discharged with six deaths," NCDC posted on Twitter.

The states with the confirmed cases are Lagos- 130; FCT- 50; Osun- 20; Oyo- 11; Edo- 11; Bauchi- 6; Akwa Ibom- 5; Kaduna- 5 and Ogun- 4

While others are Enugu- 2; Ekiti- 2; Rivers-2; Benue- 1; Ondo- 1; Kwara- 2; Delta- 1 and Katsina-1.

Sixteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 10 in Lagos, 2 in the FCT, 2 in Oyo, 1 in Delta and 1 in Katsina

As at 09:30 pm 7th April there are 254 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Fourty-four have been discharged with six deaths pic.twitter.com/UlDvzM3cUZ

-- NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 7, 2020

Meanwhile the Federal Government had said that Chloroquine had been found in some works in a test-tube to treat the coronavirus pandemic.

Health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated this on Tuesday at the seventh joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 after the PTF on COVID-19 visited some of the isolation centres in Lagos state.

He, however, said it was not yet clear if it will also work internally on the body.

Similarly, Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, has been found to kill coronavirus in the laboratory within 48, say researchers at the Australia's Monash University.

Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infestations, from head lice and scabies to river blindness and some worm infestation.

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