Coronavirus: Nigeria records 12 new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus: Nigeria records 12 new COVID-19 cases

- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 12 new cases of coronavirus infection

- The confirmation takes the total number of confirmed cases of the virus in the country to 151

- NCDC said nine of the new cases were detected in Osun state, two in Edo and one in Ekiti state

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 12 new cases of coronavirus infection, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 151.

The NCDC in a tweet on Wednesday, April 1, stated that nine of the cases were detected in Osun state, two in Edo and one in Ekiti state.

The agency said out of the 151 cases recorded so far, nine people who have been treated for the infection and have been discharged while two have died of the virus

Meanwhile, the Director-General (DG) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Tuesday, March 31 revealed that Nigeria has been testing about 500 suspected cases of coronavirus per day.

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Dr Ihekweazu made the disclosure while answering questions from journalists at a press briefing in Abuja.

His words: “As at last week, we have the capacity to test about 500 people per day. By the end of this week, we will be testing 1,000, by next week we plan to take it to about 1,500 per day.

“This will be done by increasing the number of labs that we have and also improving the throughput of these labs.

In another news report, amid growing cases of coronavirus in the country, Kaduna government says two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state are contacts of the index cases.

The state government made this known through a statement by the commissioner of health, Hajia Amina Baloni, on Tuesday, March 31.

Briefing further on the state of the pandemic in Kaduna, the commissioner said that the two cases confirmed are as a result of contact from an index case, Daily Trust reports.

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Hajia Baloni, however, said the health officials are on the move to track people with a history of established contact with the positive cases.

Still on health, Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, has cleared the air about a claim purportedly linked to him where he was said to have doubted the existence of coronavirus.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Fresh FM on Tuesday, March 31, Makinde said his joke that there was no coronavirus in his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was misconstrued.

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