The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 1,565 new cases of COVID-19 across 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The figure is the highest so far recorded in the country since the index case of February 27, 2019, traced to an italian who was diagnosed of the pandemic while visiting Nigeria.
According to the NCDC, Lagos leads the toll with 807 cases, followed by the FCT with 236.
Others as announced by the haealth agency are as follow: Kaduna-79; Oyo-57; Plateau-47; Rivers-37; Katsina-35; Edo-30; Sokoto-30; Delta-26; Kebbi-23; Ondo-20; Enugu-18; Abia-17; Ogun-17; Benue-16; Bayelsa-15; Bauchi-14; Niger-13; Kano-10; Borno-6; Imo-5; Ekiti-4; Osun-2 and Jigawa-1.
Said the NCDC, “Our discharges today include 314 community recoveries in Lagos State, 158 in Kaduna State and 84 in Plateau State managed in line with guidelines.”
At the Thursday briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, NCDC Head of Disease Surveillance, Elsie Ilori, spoke on increase in cases and the need for strict adherence to the non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing of face mask, regular handwashing with soap and running water, maintaining social distancing by avoiding huge gathering, as well as regular use of hand sanitiser.
She also maintained that testing is the only way to truly understand the burden of COVID-19, particularly now that the nation is recording more cases than ever.
“We have worked tirelessly to increase capacity and access to COVID-19 testing across the country,” Ilori said.