Nigeria records 35 new COVID-19 cases — toll rises to 442

 Nigeria records 35 new COVID-19 cases — toll rises to 442

By Zainab Olawunmi

Nigeria has recorded 35 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 442.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this via its Twitter account on Thursday evening.

This figure is the highest daily toll recorded so far in the country.

Of the 35 new cases, 19 were recorded in Lagos, nine at the federal capital territory (FCT), five in Kano and two in Oyo state.

While 152 patients have been discharged, 13 persons have died from the virus.

“As at 10:20 pm 16th April there are 442 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 152 have been discharged with 13 deaths,” the tweet read.

The health agency said the disease has spread through 19 states and the federal capital territory.

Lagos, with 251 cases, have the highest number of confirmed cases, followed by Abuja, Kano, Osun and Edo.

A breakdown of the cases recorded by states include:

Lagos- 251
FCT- 67
Kano- 21
Osun- 20
Edo- 15
Oyo- 13
Ogun- 9
Katsina- 7
Bauchi- 6
Kaduna- 6
Akwa Ibom- 6
Kwara- 4
Delta- 4
Ondo- 3
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 2
Niger- 2
Benue- 1
Anambra- 1

On March 30, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a 14-day lockdown in Lagos Ogun and Abuja to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The president later announced two weeks extension of the lockdown for further check the spread of the disease.

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