Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases exceed 8,000
Nigeria confirmed 229 new cases of COVID-19 late Monday, bringing the total to 8,068, including 233 deaths and 2,311 recoveries.
The new cases were recorded in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory, said a statement released by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control(NCDC).
The country now has 5,524 active cases with a total of 45,683 samples tested so far.
Over the weekend, the Nigerian government said it will continue to scale up testing capacity for COVID-19 to limit transmission.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of the NCDC, said testing is critical to the national response.
Despite the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country, some states are relaxing lockdown measures to allow partial restoration of economic activities.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari earlier announced a ban on large social and religious gatherings in Abuja, Lagos, Ogun, and Kano. He has also ordered a nationwide inter-state travel ban.
State governments also imposed lockdown in their respective domains. (Xinhua)