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Coronavirus: Nigeria records 521 infections, 8 deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 521 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 152,074.

The NCDC disclosed this on Sunday on its official Twitter handle.

The country’s daily COVID-19 infection rate has dropped below 1,000, for the fifth consecutive day.

The public health agency said it has tested 1,441,013 people since the index case was announced on Feb. 27 last year.

On Sunday, the NCDC recorded eight new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the total fatalities in Nigeria to 1,839.

The agency noted that the new infections were reported in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the NCDC, the state-by state infections are as follows:  Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Adamawa and Ebonyi recorded 116, 52, 47, 37, and 37 cases respectively.

Akwa Ibom had 25 cases; Osun reported 21; Bayelsa-18; Kaduna-17; Oyo-16; Ekiti-14; Kano-12 and Edo-12.

Fifteen cases were also recorded in the FCT.

Nine cases of the virus infections were reported in Borno; Yobe had eight; Ondo;  six; Nasarawa reported four;  Bauchi two;  and Kwara had three cases.

The NCDC stated that 614 people have been discharged from the various isolation centres in the last 24 hours.

It noted that those discharged on Sunday included 228 community recoveries in Lagos State and 43 recoveries in Kwara, all managed in line with NCDC guidelines.

The public health agency said that the country has recorded 128,619 recoveries since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

It said that a multi-sector national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

The NCDC said that there were now 21,668 active cases across the country in the last 24 hours.

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