The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria have risen to 1,273 after 91 more cases were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
The public health agency in a tweet said that the new cases were reported in 16 states, while five deaths more deaths have been recorded from the disease on Sunday.
These new cases were confirmed in Lagos, Sokoto, Taraba, Kaduna, Gombe, Ondo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Edo, Oyo, Rivers, Bauchi, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and Kebbi.
Update shows that 43 of the new cases were reported in Lagos, while eight were reported in Sokoto. Taraba has six, Kaduna and Gombe – five, Ondo, FCT, Edo, Rivers, Bauchi and Oyo – three, Osun – two, while Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, and Kebbi have one case each.
The NCDC said that as of 12:00 a.m. on April 27, there were 1,273 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.
Of this figure, 239 infected people have recovered and have been discharged while the death toll rose to 40 from 35 reported on Saturday.
A breakdown of all the cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 731 cases, followed by FCT with 141. Others are Kano – 77, Ogun – 35, Osun – 34, Gombe – 35, Katsina – 30, Borno – 30, Edo – 25, Oyo -21, Kwara – 11, Akwa Ibom – 12, Bauchi – 14, Kaduna – 15.
The rest are Ekiti- 8, Ondo – 8, Delta – 6, Rivers – 6, Jigawa – 2, Enugu – 2, Niger – 2, Abia – 2, Zamfara – 2, Sokoto -10, and Taraba – 6. Benue, Anambra, Adamawa, Plateau, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Kebbi and Imo have one case each.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that the situation in Kano State is being closely monitored and communication is ongoing with the right authorities.
There have been reports of dozens of unexplained deaths in the most populated Northern state and anxiety rose after about 12 prominent people were reported to have died under 24 hours.
According to reports, none of the persons who died was tested for COVID-19 and the majority have already been promptly buried with residents saying some exhibited symptoms of the disease.
The Minister said a visit will be paid to the Governor Umar Ganduje, in order to look into the situation in Kano and find out how the state’s ministry of health can be supported to improve contact tracing and isolation.