Nigeria has recorded 248 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 4,399, just as cases in South Africa have reached 10,015, with 595 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, said that 17 new patients have been confirmed dead to the virus across the country, bringing the total number of casualties to 143.
It also noted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday night that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
“Till date, 4,399 cases have been confirmed, 778 cases have been discharged and 143 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Kogi and Cross River states are yet to record any case of COVID-19.
“The 248 new cases are reported from 17 states – Lagos (81), Jigawa (35), Borno (26), Kano (26), Bauchi (20), FCT (13), Edo (12), Sokoto (10), Zamfara (7), Kwara (4), Kebbi (4), Gombe (2), Taraba (2), Ogun (2), Ekiti (2), Osun (1), Bayelsa (1).”
The agency said that as at May 10, Nigeria has 3,478 active cases of COVID-19, and 778 were treated and discharged.
Meanwhile, the NCDC had apologised over a system error it reported on May 9, when it announced 45 discharged cases and four deaths in FCT, instead of 32 discharged cases and two deaths.
“We apologise to the Federal Capital Territory Administration for this error,” it stated.
The NCDC said it remains committed to providing valid and accurate data to Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as at May 9, based on testing, Lagos has a daily average of 33 cases after 54 days since first index.
Kano comes next with a daily average of 20 after 29 days, while FCT has a daily average of seven cases after 50 days.
The FCT rate of growth is the lowest in this comparison.
Meanwhile, the South African Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, in his daily update on Sunday night, noted that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprise 84 per cent of the total new cases reported.
The Western Cape Province leads with 5,168 cases, followed by Gauteng Province with 1,952, KwaZulu-Natal Province with 1,353 and the Eastern Cape Province with 1,218.
“Regrettably, we report eight more COVID-19 related deaths: three from the Western Cape, one from the Eastern Cape, and four from Gauteng,’’ Mkhize said, adding that the death toll reached 194.
“We are, however, encouraged by the number of recoveries, which was 4,173 as of May 9.
So far, a total of 341,336 tests have been conducted, Mkhize said.