#Covid19: Nigeria records 13,000 cases, highest daily toll ever

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday night confirmed 663 new coronavirus cases in 25 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

This is the highest daily toll ever since Nigeria confirmed its index case on February 27, 2020.

With the new cases on Tuesday, a total of 13,464 coronavirus infections have now been recorded in 35 states and the FCT.

Although recoveries have also increased significantly in the past month, moving from 745 to 4,206, fatalities have also risen from 128 to 365.

However, NCDC says the increase in the number of cases is a result of more tests, and within one month, between May 8 and June 8, the number of samples tested rose from 25,015 to 79,948.

As part of efforts to increase testing capacity, the agency, on Tuesday, announced the activation of three more laboratories in its network, bringing the country’s total number of labs with capacity to test for COVID-19 to 33.

They are the biorepository and clinical virology lab at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, molecular diagnostics lab at the infectious disease unit of the General Hospital, Ituk Mkpang, Akwa Ibom, and the Jigawa state molecular lab in Dutse.



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