As the country continues to battle the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Nigeria has announced 22 more cases of the disease that has so far killed six people in the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, announced that the total number of cases in the country increased from 254 on Tuesday evening to 276 late Wednesday evening.
Fifteen new cases were found in Lagos, four in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, two in Bauchi, while Edo State recorded one case.
The Centre also disclosed that 44 patients of the virus have since been treated and discharged while six have died.
The NCDC wrote on its Twitter handle:
As at 09:00 pm 8th April there are 276 confirmed cases, 44 discharged and six deaths, the NCDC tweeted at about 9.01 pm. For more info- https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/.
A breakdown of the cases as reported in the country show that Lagos is still the epicentre of the pandemic in the country.
The country’s commercial centre has now recorded 145 cases, FCT- 54, Osun- 20, Oyo- 11, Edo- 12, Bauchi- 8, Akwa Ibom- 5, Kaduna- 5, Ogun- 4, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 2, Rivers- 2, Benue- 1, Ondo- 1, Kwara- 2, Delta- 1 and Katsina- 1
The government has, however, intensified contact tracing to check the spread of the disease.
Nigerians, in the meantime, have been advised to obey the lockdown directive issued by the government especially in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun.
The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has reminded health facilities officials that Coronavirus is an extremely dangerous pathogen, which spreads very easily.
He warned that it is not advisable to accept patients with coronavirus symptoms for treatment at their hospitals, stressing that such patients should be referred to the relevant treatment centres.
This is coming on the heels of the arrival of 15 Chinese doctors in Nigeria to share their experience after making progress in the fight against COVID-19 in their country. They were also reported to have brought some medical equipment to assist Nigeria in the battle against the disease.