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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases now more than 1000, death toll rises to 32

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Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama

‘Nine Nigerians, not 72, tested positive In China’
The National Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) on Friday revealed that Nigeria has recorded over 1000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 32 deaths.
The NCDC wrote in its twitter handle: “On the 24th of April 2020, 114 new confirmed cases and one new death were recorded in Nigeria.
“One new state, Zamfara, has reported a confirmed case in the last 24 hours.
“Till date, 1095 cases have been confirmed, 208 cases have been discharged and thirty-two deaths have been recorded in 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The 114 new cases are reported from nine states- Lagos (80), Gombe (21), FCT (five), Zamfara (two), Edo (two), Ogun (one), Oyo (one), Kaduna (one), Sokoto (one).”
It also said five new cases have been transferred to Lagos from Ogun.
In the breakdown of cases, the NCDC said: “Currently, Lagos has 657 cases, FCT – 138, Kano – 73, Ogun – 35, Gombe – 30, Katsina – 21, Osun – 20, Edo – 19, Oyo – 18, Borno – 12, Kwara – 11, Akwa Ibom – 11, Kaduna – 10, Bauchi – eight, Delta – six, Ekiti – four, Ondo – three, Rivers – three, Jigawa – two, Enugu – two, Niger – two, Abia – two, Zamfara – two, Sokoto – two, Benue – one, Anambra – one, Adamawa – one, and Plateau – one.”
Of the 32 deaths, 16 were recorded in Lagos, three in Abuja, two in Borno, three in Edo, one each in Katsina, Kano, Oyo, Ogun, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti and Delta
Also, of the 208 cases who have been discharged, 116 were in Lagos, 35 in Abuja, five in Ogun, 18 in Osun, five in Oyo, seven in Edo, two in Kwara, three in Akwa Ibom, four in Kaduna, five in Bauchi, two in Ekiti, one in Ondo, two in Enugu, and two in Rivers.
The country currently has 855 active cases while over 10061 samples have been tested.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has clarified that only nine Nigerians, not 72 as widely reported, tested positive for Coronavirus in China.
Speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Onyeama said, “The media report mentioned that there were apparently 72 Nigerians who have tested positive to COVID-19 in China. We have a Consulate in Guangzhou, which is the epicentre of all the things that are happening in China regarding COVID-19.
“The official figure that was given was nine Nigerians and as I understand it, our Consulate added that a number of Nigerians were asymptomatic but the figures that we had was nine.
“The Chinese ambassador talked about a plane that came into the country in which there were some Nigerian passengers who subsequently tested positive within that range of nine, 12.
“So, where the figure 72 came from, I really have no idea whatsoever.”

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