COVID-19: Nigeria records 1,883 new infections, Lagos highest with 1,040

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 1,883 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of infected people in the nation to 130,557.

The NCDC made this known via its verified twitter handle on Saturday.

The country has so far tested 1,270,523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded in Nigeria on Feb. 27, 2020.

The NCDC also confirmed one coronavirus-related death in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,578 in Nigeria.

NCDC noted that the 1,883 new COVID-19 infections occurred in 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Lagos State registered the highest number with 1,040 new COVID-19 cases.

The health agency said that 932 COVID-19 patients had recovered and discharged from various isolation centers across the country in the last 24 hours, from different isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC said that it had also launched a communications campaign tagged “Take Responsibility’’ under which it is encouraging people to be proactive in taking greater individual and collective responsibilities to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Breakdown of new covid-19 infections

Lagos-1040
FCT-298
Anambra-86
Rivers-54
Taraba-45
Ogun-42
Oyo-40
Akwa Ibom-38
Sokoto-30
Ebonyi-30
Imo-28
Kaduna-28
Osun-27
Kano-21
Benue-19
Edo-17
Gombe-15
Ekiti-9
Delta-8
Jigawa-3
Kwara-2
Bayelsa-2
Plateau-1

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

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Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

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“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

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