Nigeria on Saturday recorded 49 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the country’s total infections to 542, in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
In a tweet via its official handle, the NCDC said 23 cases were identified in Lagos, 12 in the FCT, 10 in Kano, two in Ogun and one each in Oyo and Ekiti.
✔@NCDCgovForty-nine new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;
23 in Lagos
12 in FCT
10 in Kano
2 in Ogun
1 in Oyo
1 in Ekiti
As at 10:40 pm 18th April there are 542 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 19 #TakeResponsibility
The agency also recorded a rise within the number of deaths to 19, while 166 patients are discharged.
Nigeria’s number of infections are expected to still rise, because the NCDC has said it’s ramping up testing across the country.
COVID-19 deaths in Africa have already passed 1,000 and also the country announced the death of Abba Kyari, top aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday.