- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 245 new cases of COVID-19 in the country
- Lagos still led with 131 cases of COVID-19, followed by Jigawa with 16 infections
- With the new cases, Nigeria now has a total of 7,261 cases, 2007 recoveries and 221 deaths
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 245 new cases of COVID-19 in 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The federal health agency made the announcement late Friday, May 22, via its verified official Twitter handle.
With the new cases, Nigeria now has a total of 7,261 cases, excluding Kogi and Cross River states that are yet to record a single case.
The NCDC wrote in a tweet: "On the 22nd of May 2020, 245 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
"No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
"Till date, 7261 cases have been confirmed, 2007 cases have been discharged and 221 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory
"The 245 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos (131), Jigawa(16), Ogun (13), Borno (12), Kaduna (9), Oyo (9), Rivers (9), Ebonyi (9), Kano (8), Kwara (7), Katsina (5), Akwa Ibom (3), Sokoto (3), Bauchi (2), Yobe (2), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Niger (1), Ondo (1), Plateau (1), FCT(1), Bayelsa(1)."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government had dismissed the claim by the US president, Donald Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine an anti-malaria drug, to prevent COVID-19.
Both the health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwelugo Ihekweazu, on Tuesday, May 19, warned Nigerians not to listen to the US president’s claims on hydroxychloroquine.
Enahire said though the presidential task force on COVID-19 was carrying out a study on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, the medicine had not been approved for the treatment of the virus.
He warned Nigerians not to engage in self-medicatio*n, noting that the hydroxychloroquine should only be taken based on doctor’s prescription.
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