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…Nigeria confirms 442 cases in 7000 tests

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NIGERIA’s total toll of COVID-19 now stands at 442 as at last night.

The figure was arrived at after 35 new cases were confirmed.  A breakdown shows that 19 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 9 in FCT, 5 in Kano and 2 in Oyo states.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this in a post on its Twitter.

“As at 10:20 pm 16th April there are 442 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 152 have been discharged with 13 deaths,” it stated. Thirty-five new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows: 19 in Lagos, 9 in FCT, 5 in Kano, 2 in Oyo. As at 10:20 pm 16th April there are 442 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 152 have been discharged with 13 death. #TakeResponsibility — NCDC (@NCDCgov),” the post reads.

Similarly, state-by-state toll of the total figure is distributed as follows: Lagos-251, FCT- 67, Kano- 21, Osun- 20, Edo- 15, Oyo- 13, Ogun- 9, Katsina- 7, Bauchi- 6, Kaduna- 6, Akwa Ibom- 6, Kwara- , Delta- 4, Ondo- 3, Enugu- 2, Ekiti- 2, Rivers-2, Niger- 2, Benue- 1, Anambra- 1

But Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Chikwe Ihekweazu said the figure was obtained from tests carried on samples from about 7,000 Nigerians.

Ihekweazu made the disclosure during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja yesterday.

“With respect to the number of persons that have been tested, so far, we are just around 7,000 but we want to release the numbers and potentially even give a breakdown of what we tested in every lab within the network,” he said.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) says it has received delivery of vital health supplies including 10,000 test kits, 15 oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines, and other vital health supplies for onward donation to the Nigerian government.

According to UN, the supplies are co-financed by European Union (EU) and other donor agencies.

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