Nigeria reports 418 new coronavirus infections, total hits 73,175


Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 418 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC made this known on its verified website on Sunday.

It said the new cases were recorded in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The health agency said that Lagos State topped the chart with 113 new infections followed by FCT, Abia and Kaduna with 86, 47 and 39 cases respectively.

Others were Rivers-27, Katsina-22, Benue-14, Oyo-13, Kano-12, Enugu-8, Edo-7, Imo-7, Bauchi-6, Ebonyi-6, Ogun-6, Ondo-4 and Nasarawa-1.

The NCDC also stated that 240 patients had recovered and had been discharged in the last 24 hours.

“Our discharges today include 74 community recoveries in Kaduna State, 49 in Lagos State, 29 in Abia State and 20 in Plateau State, managed in line with guidelines,” it said.

The health agency, which said three additional coronavirus-related deaths were recorded, added that the new infections brought the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 73,175.

The agency also said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 3, was coordinating response activities.

Newsmen report that the country had conducted about 845,458 tests since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced.

The NCDC further said that till date, 66,090 cases had been discharged while 1,197 deaths had been recorded in the 36 states and the FCT.

It advised Nigerians to ensure they wash their hands with soap in running water while also observing all other safety protocols.

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