Data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), by our correspondent, showed that Africa’s most populated nation recorded 462 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The cases which were spread across 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), also showed that a life was lost as a result of the infection.
Disclosing the development on its official twitter handle on Friday night, the NCDC noted that, till date, 43,151 cases have been confirmed, 19,565 cases have been discharged and 879 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and FCT.
The 462 new cases were reported from 16 states – FCT (93), Lagos (78), Plateau (64), Kaduna (54), Oyo (47), Ondo (32), Adamawa (23) and Bauchi (19).
Others are Rivers (9), Ogun (9), Delta (9), Edo (7), Kano (6), Enugu (6), Nasarawa (5), and Osun (1).
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated at level-3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.
Meanwhile, NCDC announced that two new laboratories have been activated for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Lab Network.
“These are Molecular Diagnostics Lab, Gombe State Specialist Hospital and United Nations IOM Lab, FCT.
“There are currently 61 laboratories with capacity to test for COVID-19 in the NCDC network of laboratories,’’ it stated.