COVID-19: Active cases now 277 as total number hits 442

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC
Access Bank Plc

Novel Coronavirus active cases in Nigeria are now 277, with the majority in stable conditions, as the total number of cases rises to 442.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave the figure on Thursday night through its verified Twitter account.

It said that by 10:20p.m. on April 16, there were 35 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in four states – 19 in Lagos, nine in FCT, five in Kano State and two in Oyo State.

The agency said that 152 patients had been discharged and 13 deaths recorded.

Our correspondent report that 20 states of the federation have recorded COVID-19 infection.

“As at 10:20p.m. on April 16, Lagos had a total of 251 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while FCT and Kano have 67 and 21 cases, respectively,” it said.

According to the NCDC, Osun has 20 confimed cases, Ogun – 9, Edo – 15, Oyo – 13, Bauchi – six, Kaduna – six, Akwa Ibom – six, Katsina – seven and Kwara – four.

It added that Ondo had three, Delta – four, Kano – 16 , Enugu – two, Ekiti – two, Rivers – two, Benue – one, Niger – two and Anambra – one.

The NCDC recommends treatment of every confirmed COVID-19 case in an isolation centre to mitigate the risk of spread in communities.