The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, confirmed 108 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 981.
The agency also said that three new patients have been confirmed dead to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, bringing the total number of death to 31.
This is coming at a time when Muslim faithful in the country commences a 30-day fast, following the sighting of the moon by the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
However, in a tweet on Thursday night, the NCDC said that the new cases had taken the total number of infections in the country to 981.
The centre said that 78 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 14 in FCT, 5 in Ogun, 4 in Gombe, 3 Borno, 2 in Akwa Ibom, and 1 each in Kwara and Plateau.
The NCDC added that as of 11:30 p.m. on April 23, there were 981 confirmed cases of the coronavirus reported in Nigeria.
According to the agency, total deaths recorded in the country from the virus now stands at 31, while 197 infected persons had been treated and discharged.
It disclosed that Nigeria now has 753 Active Cases as of 11:30p.m. on April 23.
The current breakdown of active cases by state are, Lagos 582, FCT-133, Kano-73, Ogun-29, Katsina-21, Osun-20, Oyo-17, Edo-17, Borno-12, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, and Kaduna-9.
Others are – Gombe-9, Bauchi-8, Delta-6, Ekiti-4, Ondo-3, Rivers-3, Jigawa-2, Enugu-2, Niger-2, Abia-2, Benue-1, Anambra-1, Sokoto-1, Adamawa-1, and Plateau-1.
NCDC said that it had adopted a strategy whereby only the right set of people would be tested.
“We have a perfect strategy around testing. Yes, the numbers are being thrown at us, Ghana, South Africa, and other countries but we are not playing a numbers game.
“These are human beings. Before we test anyone we go through a process to ensure that is appropriate to test the persons.
“We have a strategy, and we will stick with that strategy and make sure we deliberately increase the number of testing while testing the right people at the right time,” it said.