Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have soared above 6,000, with the confirmation of 216 new cases on Monday by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to the NCDC, confirmed coronavirus infections in Nigeria now stands at 6,175 while 191 fatalities have been recorded in the country.
It said, “On the 18th of May 2020, 216 new confirmed cases and 9 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. Till date, 6175 cases have been confirmed, 4,339 are active cases, 1644 cases have been discharged and 191 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The 216 new cases are reported from 15 states – Lagos (74), Katsina (33), Oyo (19), Kano (17), Edo (13), Zamfara (10), Ogun (8), Borno (8), Gombe (8), Bauchi (7), Kwara (7), FCT (4), Kaduna (3), Enugu (3), Rivers (2).”
The public health agency said 35,345 samples have been tested since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, out of which 6175 were confirmed positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Monday announced an extension of the current partial lockdown of the country, saying the time is not ripe for it to relax its containment protocols against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, announced this in Abuja during the daily briefing of the taskforce.
He said, “The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority. Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.
“Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.”