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Nigeria records new 11 cases of coronavirus, total now 373

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has on Tuesday confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The commission stated that all of the 11 new cases were recorded in Lagos bringing the total in Lagos to 214.

“As at 11:00 pm 14th April there are 373 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria,” NCDC said.

“99 have been discharged with 11 deaths,” it added.

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The new confirmation comes barely two hours after the NCDC announced 19 new cases in the country – Lagos, Kano, Edo, Akwa Ibom – and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This makes it the highest number of cases recorded daily in Nigeria since the index case was recorded in country late February.

The recent spike may not be unrelated to the increase in the number of daily tests for the virus. Nigeria’s health minister said this was needed as there are evidence of community transmission of the virus in the country.

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Ehanire, during the Presidential Task Force media briefing on Monday, stated that there was early evidence of community transmission and this reinforces the urgency of physical distancing, use of mask, maintenance of hygiene as well as strict adherence to the lockdown measures.

He advised Nigerians living in any neighbourhood where many people have tested positive, to go for testing.

The country now has about 11 testing centres where COVID-19 cases can be tested.

However, testing is not recommended in the absence of symptoms because COVID-19 might not show during the incubation time, he said.

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