Nigeria: Coronavirus - Nigeria Records 575 New Cases, Nine Deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 575 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 29,286.

Nine deaths were recorded from the virus on Monday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 654.

There was an increase in the number of confirmed cases reported Monday compared to what was reported on Sunday (544).

The health agency in a tweet Monday night said the 575 new cases were reported in 20 states including Lagos, Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Delta, Edo, Ogun, Katsina, Bayelsa, Rivers, Borno, Plateau, Ondo, Oyo, Kwara, Osun, Enugu, Nasarawa, Abia, Cross River, Kaduna and Ekiti.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

As of the time of reporting, all 36 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease.

NCDC has officially recorded the confirmed cases reported in Cross River, after days of controversies on the cases.

Lagos remains the epicentre for the disease in the country while Zamfara has not reported any new confirmed case in the past 48 days.

"Till date, 29, 286 cases have been confirmed, 11, 828 cases have been discharged and 654 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory," the NCDC stated.

The 575 new cases were reported from 20 states: Lagos - 123, FCT - 100, Delta - 58, Edo - 52, Ogun - 42, Katsina - 24, Bayelsa - 23, Rivers - 22, Borno - 19, Plateau - 18, Ondo - 18, Oyo - 17, Kwara - 15, Osun - 13, Enugu - 9, Nasarawa - 7, Abia - 6, Cross River - 5, Kaduna - 3 and Ekiti - 1.

Since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Nigeria in February, NCDC said, 152,952 samples have been tested.

As of the time of reporting, there are 16,804 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, while 11,828 have recovered and have been discharged.

A breakdown of the 29,286 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 11, 367 cases, followed by FCT - 2,281, Oyo - 1,530, Edo - 1,435, Delta - 1,285, Kano - 1,268, Rivers - 1,205, Ogun - 1,047, Kaduna - 868, Katsina - 628, Borno - 574, Gombe - 520, Bauchi - 518, Ebonyi - 503, Ondo - 474, Plateau - 454, Abia - 391, Enugu - 381, Imo - 352, Jigawa - 318, Kwara - 284, Bayelsa - 268, Nasarawa - 232, Osun - 178, Sokoto - 153, Niger - 122, Akwa Ibom - 112, Adamawa - 99, Benue - 97, Kebbi - 84, Zamfara - 76, Anambra - 73, Yobe - 61, Ekiti - 45, Taraba- 22, Kogi - 5, and Cross River - 5.

While confirmed cases of the virus have continued to increase in the country, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the government is trying to boost overall COVID-19 sample collection, by preparing all public and private hospitals nationwide to become collection hospitals sites.

This, he said will require working with state governments to identify the facilities and the space within them, to conduct training for the personnel selected and supply both PPEs and sample collection kits, as well as the logistics to go around to recover test samples.

"If logistics around sample collection and delivery to test sites are better organised, a lot more will be achieved.

"However, the more we test, the more confirmed cases we shall find, of which the vulnerable will have to be prioritised for admission to treatment centres, even if they are not yet showing symptoms," he added .

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