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Nigeria records 66 new cases as toll rises above 163,000


Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections have risen beyond 163,000 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 66 new cases.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle late Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the country’s daily infection rate continues to reduce, from an all-time high of 2,314 on Jan. 22 to 48 as of March 29.

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The public health agency said the new infections were recorded from nine states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the latest data released, Enugu State led with 18 cases, followed by Lagos with 17, Kaduna with 10, Rivers with 8, Akwa Ibom with 6, Kano with 2, Osun with 2, and Jigawa, Plateau, and FCT with 1 each.

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The NCDC further disclosed that 127 people were discharged after recovering from the disease.

NCDC said till date, 163,063 cases had been confirmed, 151,835  discharged, and 2,058 deaths recorded in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

The public health agency said that the country’s active cases stood at 9,170 as per the past 24 hours.

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According to NCDC,  a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

NAN reports that the country has tested  1,767,694, people since the first confirmed case relating to the pandemic was announced on Feb. 27,  2020. (NAN)