- Records 339 New Cases
Nigeria reported 339 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 7,016.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, in a tweet via its official handle, confirmed the new figures.
According to the health agency, Lagos reported 139 new cases, Kano had 28, Oyo 28, Edo 25, and Katsina 22.
Other states with new cases include Kaduna with 18, Jigawa with 14, Yobe and Plateau with 13 cases each, the FCT with 11, eight in Gombe, five in Ogun, four in Bauchi and Nasarawa each, three in Delta, two in Ondo, and one each in Rivers and Adamawa.
NCDC also reported the discharge of 67 patients, bringing the number of successfully treated cases to 1,907.
However, deaths also increased by 11, taking the country’s death toll from the virus to 211.
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Earlier on Thursday, the Presidential Task Force on the virus asked states relaxing coronavirus restrictions because of Sallah celebrations to exercise caution.
Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, also urged all Nigerians to take personal responsibility during the festivities in order not to cancel the gains of the past weeks.
Nigeria has been under some form of lockdown since March, as federal and state governments work to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The novel coronavirus has killed at least 329,799 people worldwide since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Thursday.
At least 5,049,390 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,867,800 are now considered recovered.
The number of infections is almost double the toll of 2,513,117 one month ago on April 21.
Latin America, in particular, has seen a rapid rise in the number of cases, led largely by Brazil.
Since 1900 GMT Wednesday, there were 4,563 new deaths and 106,338 new cases recorded worldwide. The countries with the highest number of new deaths were the United States with 1,280, Brazil with 888, and Mexico with 424.