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COVID-19: Nigeria Reports 64 New Cases, Total 1,337

Nigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,337 on Monday, from 1, 273 reported on Sunday evening by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The agency in a tweet Monday night said 64 new cases were reported in five states. These are Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Borno, Taraba and Gombe.

It is the second day the number of confirmed cases would fall in the country.

Also, additional 16 people recovered from the disease were discharged on Monday.

The figure was released hours after President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the country on the new measures the government intends to adopt in containing the spread of the virus.

A breakdown of the latest update shows that 34 of the new cases were reported in Lagos, 15 in FCT, Borno – 11, while Taraba and Gombe have two apiece.

Lagos remains the epicentre for the outbreak in Nigeria.

NCDC said one case previously reported as a Lagos State case, is now reported as an FCT case. The total number of confirmed cases in Lagos is now at 764 and there are 157 in Abuja, the FCT.

Kano State has not reported any case in the past five days as testing was was discontinued there last week.

On Thursday, the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said the Kano centre was temporarily closed because some staff of the laboratory were infected with COVID-19. He also comfirmed the centre ran short of some testing reagents.

The NCDC said as of 11:30 pm. April 27, there were 1,337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Of these, 255 infected people have recovered and have been discharged and 40 deaths have been recorded in 32 states and the FCT.

A breakdown of all the cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 764 cases, followed by FCT – 157, Kano – 77, Borno – 41, Gombe – 37, Ogun – 35, Osun – 34, Katsina – 30, Edo – 25, Oyo -21, Kaduna – 15, Akwa Ibom – 12, Bauchi – 14, Kwara – 11, Sokoto – 10, Ekiti, Taraba and Ondo – 8, Delta – 6, Rivers – 6, Jigawa – 2, Enugu – 2, Niger – 2, Abia – 2, Zamfara – 2,. Benue, Anambra, Adamawa, Plateau, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Kebbi and Imo have one case each.

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