Nigeria's COVID-19 cases exceed 24,000 with over 8000 recoveries and 558 deaths

The number of persons that have been infected with coronavirus in Nigeria has reached 24,077, according to the data released by Centre for Disease Control on Saturday night.

According to the national health agency, Nigeria recording 779 new confirmed cases of the novel disease on Saturday.

The new cases marked the highest daily increase since the NCDC started reporting COVID-19 infections in February.

The total number of deaths triggered by the virus now stands at 558, while 8,625 patients have recovered and been discharged. Active cases now stands at 14,894.

Nigeria is currently undergoing a second phase of a re-opening after weeks of lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.

However, the number of cases has continued to increase as the country’s testing capacity is being ramped up.

Lagos, the country’s epicentre for the virus, reported the highest number of cases on Saturday with 285, while Rivers state recorded 68 new cases and the FCT 60.

Other states with new cases include Edo (60), Enugu (56), Delta (47), Ebonyi (42), Oyo (41), Kaduna (19), Ogun (18), Ondo (16), Imo (12), Sokoto (11), Borno (9), Nasarawa (8), Abia (5), Gombe (5), Kebbi (5), Kano (4), Yobe (3), Ekiti (3), and Osun (2).

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