Nigeria recorded cases of coronavirus beyond 1,500 for the third consecutive day on Friday, data has revealed.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country released the data in a late-night tweet.
It disclosed that 1,544 new cases were reported from 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last 24 hours.
The agency had confirmed 1,565 and 1,664 new cases on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
While Friday’s figure was the third-highest since the outbreak of the disease in February 2020, Lagos topped the states with new infections, reporting 739 more cases.
It was followed by Plateau and the FCT which reported 168 and 153 new cases while the others had infections less than 100.
They include Oyo – 91, Nasarawa – 90, Rivers – 80, Kaduna – 35, Edo – 33, Kano – 29, Ogun – 21, Delta – 19, Sokoto – 16, and Ebonyi – 11.
Others are Akwa Ibom – 11, Enugu – 10, Osun – 10, Niger – nine, Bauchi – eight, Kebbi – eight, Katsina – two, and Taraba – one.
Similarly, the NCDC noted that the nation’s death toll rose to 1,342 after 12 more infected people lost the fight to the disease.
On the other hand, 575 more people who had been infected were successfully treated and discharged, bringing the recoveries in the country so far to 78,552,
According to the health agency, 1,011,584 samples have been collected and tested across the country as of 9am on Saturday.
Of the figures, 97,478 COVID-19 infections have been confirmed while the nation has a total of 17,584 active cases.