Nigeria records 246 new coronavirus infections

NCDC CEO Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu addressed the press at UNICEF's presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC in Abuja on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Coronavirus infections in Nigeria have exceeded 67,000 as the country continues to record new cases daily.

About 246 more people tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 67,220.

This is according to a Friday night update from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease has also risen, albeit marginally. Two people died on Friday to bring the death toll to 1,171 after zero deaths were recorded in the past two days.

The 246 new cases were reported in 10 states: Lagos (81), FCT (73), Plateau (39), Kaduna (25), Ogun (13), Bauchi (5), Rivers (4) Ekiti (2), Taraba (2) and Kano (2).

Lagos had the highest daily toll on Friday with 81 new infections to extend its leadership as Nigeria’s hardest hit city by the coronavirus.

The commercial city has recorded more than 23,000 infections and around 220 deaths.

Abuja, the Nigerian capital, is the second most affected with a total of more than 6,000 cases and 83 deaths. The capital was in second place on Friday with 73 new infections.

Today, Nigeria has assessed more than 750,000 of its 200 million people.

As the Christmas season approaches, health experts have warned Nigerians to avoid gatherings and mass events during the holiday period.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has advised Nigerians to suspend their Christmas and New Year trips to limit the risk of contracting the virus.

For the fourth week in a row, Nigeria’s new weekly COVID-19 infections have risen, the official data review showed.

Of the total of more than 67,000, around 62,686 people have been discharged from hospitals after treatment, while a little more than 3,000 active cases remain in the country.

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