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COVID-19 deaths near 2,000 in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also reported 464 new COVID-19 infections from 21 states and the FCT in the past 24 hours.

Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 16 additional COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,939.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle late on Wednesday.

Nigeria has so far recorded 156,963 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 135,831 patients were discharged across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC revealed that the total number of active coronavirus cases now stood at 19,212 after a decrease of 401 in the past 24 hours.

The agency also reported 464 new COVID-19 infections from 21 states and the FCT in the past 24 hours.

Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, remains the virus’s epicentre, recording 131 of the 464 new cases.

Kaduna followed with 69 cases, then Akwa Ibom with 33 infections; Imo recorded 31 cases while Kastina reported 30 cases.

Kano recorded 26 cases, Ondo State followed with 23, Yobe 20, FCT 18, Ogun 13, Rivers 12 and Kebbi 11 cases.

Nine of the cases were recorded in Ekiti, six cases each in Osun and Oyo States, Borno, Gombe and Plateau recorded five cases each.

Similarly, Edo reported four cases; Abia and Delta had three cases each, while Zamfara reported one case.

The public health agency also reported that the country recorded 135,831 recoveries and discharges since the outbreak of the disease, with 1,280 new discharges in the past 24 hours.

NCDC noted that its latest discharge included 229 community recoveries in Lagos State, 144 in Imo and 45 in Akwa Ibom.

It added that three previously confirmed cases in Nasarawa were omitted from the cumulative report.

The agency said a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre, activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate national response activities in the country.

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