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Nigeria records 246 COVID-19 cases as total infections exceed 66,000

The new figure is said to have sparked concerns as the country braces for a second wave of the pandemic

Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have exceeded 66,000 as the country records as 246 more people were tested positive for coronavirus in the country on Saturday.

According to an update Saturday night by Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the new cases recorded to bring the total infection in the country to 66,228.

The new figure is said to have sparked concerns as the country braces for a second wave of the pandemic.

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The NCDC in its update stated that one person died on Saturday from the virus, to take the deaths last week to four and total fatality from the virus to 1,166.

The 246 new cases were reported from 11 states- Lagos (66), Plateau (63), FCT (48), Kaduna (21), Bayelsa (19), Rivers (12), Niger (9), Ogun (4), Ekiti (2), Bauchi (1) and Osun (1).

Lagos had the highest daily figure on Sunday with 66 new infections to extend its lead as Nigeria’s most impacted city by the coronavirus.

The commercial city has recorded nearly 23,000 infections and about 220 deaths.

Abuja, the federal capital territory, is the second most impacted with a total of over 6,000 cases and 82 deaths.

At the moment, Nigeria has tested over 720,000 of its 200 million population.

Of the total 66,228 infections recorded in the country, about 61,782 persons have been discharged from hospitals after treatment while a little over 3,000 active cases remain in the country.

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