Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases as total climbs to 27,110

Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases as total climbs to 27,110
NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday recorded 626 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 27,110.

NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle.

According to NCDC, Nigeria reported 13 deaths,  bringing the total to 616 deaths in 35 states and the FCT. No new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC said that Lagos State reported the highest number of cases with 193 new cases while FCT reported  85 new infections.

Others are: Oyo-41, Edo-38, Kwara-34, Abia-31, Ogun-29, Ondo-28, Rivers-26, Osun-21, Akwa Ibom-18, Delta-18, Enugu-15, Kaduna-13, Plateau-11, Borno-8, Bauchi-7, Adamawa-5, Gombe-4 and Sokoto-1.

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Meanwhile, the Director-General NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed that a team is en route Cross River to begin COVID-19 testing.

He stressed that testing was the only pathway into understanding.

The DG said by the end of next week, all states would have the capacity to test for COVID-19 with only four states away.

On the two million test target, Ihekweazu said that achieving the goal was a collective responsibility.

He said the target was birthed after the Africa CDC in consultation with all African countries agreed to test one per cent of its population.

“This is not a target for NCDC, PTF, Ministry of Health alone, it’s a target for every Nigerian.

“It is either we achieve it or we come back here to say the same thing and we will be on this journey and more people will die.

“This target is but an abstract or an academic, it’s something that we need to push ourselves to achieve,” Ihekweazu added.


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