The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday announced 684 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 23,298.
Five deaths were recorded on Friday bringing the total number of deaths from the virus to 554.
There was a rise in the number of confirmed cases reported Friday evening (684) compared to that reported on Thursday (594). The health agency in a tweet said the new cases were reported in 19 states.
All the reporting states already had at least a case of the virus.
As of Thursday, 35 states and the FCT have recorded at least a case of the disease. Only one state, Cross River, is yet to officially report any case of the virus.
There had been controversies in the news about Cross River State reporting an index case. The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) said a patient has tested positive to coronavirus in the facility despite the fact that NCDC has not announced any confirmed case of COVID-19 in the South-South state.
Lagos recorded the highest daily figure of the infection on Friday and remains the epicentre for the disease in the country.
The 684 new cases were reported from 19 states: Lagos – 259,Oyo – 76, Katsina – 69, Delta – 66, Rivers – 46, Ogun – 23, Edo – 22, Osun – 22, Ebonyi – 21, FCT – 20, Kaduna – 16, Ondo – 10, Imo – 9, Abia – 9, Gombe – 5, Plateau – 4, Bauchi – 4, Ekiti – 2 and Anambra – 1.
“Till date, 23298 cases have been confirmed, 8253 cases have been discharged and 554 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the NCDC wrote.