The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday announced 999 new COVID-19 cases in the country.
This figure surpassed the previous record of 930 cases recorded on December 16th for 17th, according to the NCDC.
However, it is lower than the 1,145 number of infections recorded on December 17th for 18th.
The agency disclosed this via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Tuesday.
NCDC said that since February, over 903,800 samples had been tested, out of which, 79,789 were positive.
According to the NCDC, with 27,091 infections, Lagos still remains Nigeria’s epicentre of the infection, followed by the Federal Capital Territory with 10,122 cases, and Kaduna with 4,628 cases, accounting for 70 per cent of the country’s infections.
The agency said that the country also recorded four additional deaths in the last 24 hours.
The new infections, NCDC said, were reported from 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory in the last 24 hours.
According to the agency, FCT topped the list with 416 infections, followed by Lagos with 324, Kaduna 68 and Plateau 42 cases.
Other states with new COVID-19 infections were Kwara (32), Kano (24), Gombe (14), Sokoto (12), Yobe (12), Akwa Ibom (11), Bayelsa (10), Rivers (7), Bauchi (7), Ogun (6), Oyo (5), Edo (4), Taraba (4) and Jigawa (1).
396 patients, it disclosed, were discharged after recovering from the infection from isolation centres across the country.
The agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 3, continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It added that till date, 79,789 cases had been confirmed, 68,879 patients discharged and 1,231 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
It urged Nigerians to adhere to all COVID-19 preventive measures as they celebrate Christmas and New Year.
The agency said it has started a renewed campaign as the number of COVID-19 cases rises.
It urged Nigerians to “avoid all non-essential travels within and outside Nigeria. Avoid mass gatherings, observe physical distancing in public, always wear a face mask.
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