- A major milestone that had become a symbol of hope to Nigerians in the fight against coronavirus has been shattered in Zamfara
- The north-western state sadly recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case in over 50 days, latest figures from NCDC show
- The NCDC says over 600 new cases and 6 deaths were recorded in its fresh update of the fight against the pandemic in the country on Saturday
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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced another 653 confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19.
According to NCDC, Nigeria now has 36,107 confirmed cases with 14,938 patients already recovered and discharged. The death toll also rose by 6 to 778 from 772 that was reported on Friday, July 17.
In the latest figures rolled out by the agency late on Saturday, July 18, expectedly, Lagos state led the table with the most cases of 115. The closest to Lagos was Kwara with 85 cases.
The north-central state was closely followed by Enugu with 80 and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with 78.
Rivers state wrapped up the top five with 36 new confirmed cases.
On the bottom five are Osun state with 4 new cases, Cross River, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara states had one confirmed case each.
The case in Zamfara was particularly shattering for Nigeria because the state had become a beacon of hope to citizens in other regions of the country.
Legit.ng reported days ago that as Nigeria continued to grapple with the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Zamfara recorded a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic.
Since the north-western state recorded its index case back in April, it had reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than 50 days now.
As of Thursday, July 16, data from the NCDC showed the northern state has not reported any single case in the past 54 days. Sadly, the milestone is now lost.
Meanwhile, on the global stage, while the daily spread of the virus has reduced in Europe, the novel pathogen continues to spread rapidly in other continents.
A report by Bloomberg indicated that three countries have so far recorded more than 1 million cases of the disease.
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