Nigeria recorded 684 new cases on Friday
The number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria stood at 23,298 according to the latest tally from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
This is even as the number of fatalities from the novel COVID-19 rose to 554, according to the agency’s updates released late Friday night.
The agency confirmed the new cases in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with new 259 cases, while the FCT recorded 20 new cases.
Statistics from the health agency shows that Oyo trails Lagos with 76 cases, Katsina with 69 cases and Delta 66.
Other states with new cases include Rivers (46), Ogun (23) with Edo and Osun each recording 22 cases.
21 cases were recorded in Ebonyi, 16 in Kaduna while 10 cases were recorded in Ondo.
Meanwhile, states with the fewer figures include Imo and Abia each having 9 cases, Gombe (5), Plateau and Bauchi each having 4 cases, Ekiti (2) and Anambra (1).
With these latest figures, the total number of discharged persons stands at 8,253 with 554 deaths so far.
The ballooning rate of infections started weeks after Nigeria lifted restrictions on movement, which hitherto been in place to curtail the spread of the virus.
With the rising cases, the authorities are now considering total lockdown of the country once again.
According to Nigeria’s Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, “ordering another lockdown is possible, looking at the alarming rates of COVID-19 cases across the country”.
Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 lamented during a daily briefing of the committee this week that “the manner in which Nigerians are carelessly handling the virus was an indication of danger in the nearest future”.
He said: “This is the time to lock down if it were within my power. This is the time to lock down because I can see the attitude of people romancing with COVID-19.
“The daily increase in confirmed cases, the Federal Government feels a sense of frustration because we can see glaringly the danger ahead and you can see the level of recklessness on the part of people who should know better.”