- Nigeria's cases of the new coronavirus infections are now close to 18,000 landmark
- This was a result of the new 587 cases confirmed by the NCDC on Wednesday, June 18
- With the new cases confirmed in 18 states, including the FCT, Nigeria now has 17,735 Covid-19 cases, 469 deaths, and 5,967 recoveries
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 587 new cases of COVID-19 as the country now has a total of 17,735 coronavirus infections.
The new cases were announced on Wednesday evening, June 18, via the official Twitter handle of the federal health agency.
According to the NCDC, Nigeria now has 469 deaths arising from Covid-19 complications and 5,967 recoveries.
Lagos which is Nigeria's epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic still leads the new records with 155 cases while Edo state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) followed with 75 and 67 cases respectively.
Below is the full state by state breakdown of the new cases in 18 states, including the FCT:
Meanwhile, following the Lagos state government's decision to shelve plans to reopen worship centres, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Chief Imam in the state have backed the recommendation.
The Lagos state Chief Imam Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla noted that the government's decision showed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is eager to save the lives of residents.
This development came just after the governor during his briefing at the State House on Tuesday, June 16, announced that plans to reopen churches and mosques were halted.
The Lagos state chapter of CAN on its part in reaction to the government's decision explained that the lives of worshippers are more important than reopening churches.
Elder Israel Akinadewo, the secretary of the state Christian body noted that the church is very worried.
He went on to state that the best thing is to pray and added that churches cannot ignore the governor's directive.
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