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Nigeria records 675 new COVID-19 infections, no state free of the virus

Nigeria COVID-19 casesNigeria’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 20, 919 on Monday as 675 new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Seven persons were also confirmed dead from the virus on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths to 525.

There was an increase in the number of confirmed cases reported Monday evening compared to what was reported on Sunday, 436.

According to the health agency in a tweet Monday evening, the new cases were reported in 21 states.

Lagos, Oyo, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Gombe, Ondo, Kaduna, Kwara, Ogun, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Edo, Abia, Nasarawa, Imo, Bayelsa, Borno, Katsina, Sokoto, Bauchi and Plateau have all recorded cases of Covid-19.

All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.

‘No state is free’

As of Monday June 22, 2020, 35 states in Nigeria have recorded at least a case of the coronavirus disease. Government earlier claimed not all the states had the virus as the one state, Cross River, was yet to report any case of Covid-19.

But in news briefing, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Monday, said all states in the country had cases of the disease, suggesting Cross River was not free of it as the state government claims.

Lagos recorded the highest daily figure of the infection on Monday, and remains the epicentre for the disease in the country.

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Mr Ihekweazu while speaking at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing said no state and country in the world is free of COVID-19.

“No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one.

“No country in the world is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any,” he said.

He reiterated the agency’s commitment to continue to test more people and put them on treatment.

“We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19 free.

“That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it,” he said.

New Covid-19 Cases Breakdown

The 675 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos – 288, Oyo – 76, Rivers – 56, Delta – 31, Ebonyi – 30, Gombe – 28, Ondo – 20 Kaduna – 20, Kwara – 20, Ogun – 17, FCT – 16, Edo – 13, Abia – 10,/Nasarawa – 9, Imo – 9, Bayelsa – 8, Borno – 8, Katsina – 8, Sokoto – 3, Bauchi – 3 and Plateau – 2

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NCDC said “till date, 20919 cases have been confirmed, 7109 cases have been discharged and 525 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

115, 760, samples have so far been tested.

Covid-19 Cases Breakdown In Nigeria

A breakdown of the 20, 919 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 8, 864 cases, followed by FCT – 1,583, Kano – 1,190, Oyo – 988, Rivers – 930, Edo – 797, Ogun – 663, Kaduna – 600, Delta – 532, Gombe – 479, Borno – 476, Bauchi – 467, Katsina – 434, Jigawa – 317, Ebonyi – 264, Plateau – 253, Imo – 243, Abia – 232, Nasarawa – 193, Kwara – 200, Sokoto – 138, Ondo – 154, Bayelsa – 177, Enugu – 144, Zamfara – 76, Kebbi – 67, Anambra – 66, Niger – 66, Yobe – 56, Osun – 60, Akwa Ibom – 65, Adamawa – 45, Benue – 44, Ekiti – 35, Taraba – 18, Taraba – 18, and Kogi – 3.

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