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Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases as total climbs to 27,110

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Nigeria on Thursday recorded 626 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 27,110.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle.

The NCDC also said Nigeria reported 13 deaths, bringing the total to 616 deaths in 35 states and the FCT

The health agency said that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC said that Lagos State reported the highest number of cases with 193 new cases while FCT reported 85 new infections.

Others are: Oyo-41, Edo-38, Kwara-34, Abia-31, Ogun-29, Ondo-28, Rivers-26, Osun-21, Akwa Ibom-18, Delta-18, Enugu-15, Kaduna-13, Plateau-11, Borno-8, Bauchi-7, Adamawa-5, Gombe-4 and Sokoto-1.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that the Director-General NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed that a team is enroute Cross River to begin COVID-19 testing.

He stressed that testing was the only pathway into understanding.

The DG said by the end of next week, all states would have the capacity to test for COVID-19 with only four states away.

On the two million test target, Ihekweazu said that achieving the goal was a collective responsibility.

He said the target was birthed after the Africa CDC in consultation with all African countries agreed to test one percent of its population.

“This is not a target for NCDC, PTF, Ministry of Health alone, it’s a target for every Nigerian.

“It is either we achieve it or we come back here to say the same thing and we will be on this journey and more people will die.

“This target is but an abstract or an academic, it’s something that we need to push ourselves to achieve,”.


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