Nigeria confirms 556 new infections as Lagos says it has conducted over 54,000 COVID-19 sample tests

Chidi Samuel| Nigeria’s coronavirus burden rose to 36, 633 on Sunday with 556 new infections.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a statement via its Twitter handle, said the the new cases were reported across 17 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with Edo leading with 104 new infections, followed by Lagos 97, FCT 70, Benue 66, Oyo 61, Kaduna 28, Osun 19, Akwa Ibom 14, Rivers, Katsina and Ondo with 13 cases each.

Other states with new infections include, Ogun 6, Kano 5, Nasarawa 4, Gombe 2, Ekiti 2and Bornu 1.

Nineteen states, NCDC said, did not record a new case of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The health agency further stated that so far Nigeria has 36,663 confirmed cases of the highly contagious virus with 15,105 discharges ND 789 deaths.

Lagos conducts over 54,000 COVID-19 sample tests – Abayomi

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Sunday says a total of 54, 570 samples has been tested for COVID-19 pandemic in the state as at July 18.

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Abayomi, who made the disclosure on his Twitter account, said that of the 54,570 samples, 13, 346 returned positive.

He said that 759 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the state on July 18, out of which 115 new cases were confirmed.

According to him, 2,069 of the confirmed cases have since been discharged from #COVID-19 Care Centres following full recovery.

He said, “8,781 of the confirmed cases monitored in communities by #COVID-19 Lagos Response Team have either fully recovered or positively responding to treatments.”

The commissioner said that 164 of the cases were currently under isolation in public and private Care Centres.

He, however, noted that 2,141 active cases in communities have yet to turn up for admission in COVID-19 Lagos Care centres.

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“One additional #COVID-19 related death was recorded bringing the total #COVID-19 related deaths in Lagos to 191,” he said.

Abayomi said taking responsibility was easy, adding that it was the most effective strategy to stop the community transmission of the virus.

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