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NCDC confirms 135 new cases of COVID-19

By Maureen Ikpeama Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 135 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of infections in the country to 161,409. The NCDC made this known on Thursday night via its official Twitter handle. The Centre disclosed that the new infections were recorded in 16 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “On March 18, 135 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria.   "The new cases are reported from 16 states, Lagos (41), Imo (20), Ogun (14), FCT (10), Kebbi (11), Rivers (10), Akwa Ibom (8) and Plateau (4). Ebonyi (3), Kaduna (3), Kano (3), Osun (3), Oyo (2), Ekiti (1), Gombe (1), and Nasarawa (1). “Till date, 161,409 cases have been confirmed, 146,890 cases have been discharged and 2,027 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” it said. The NCDC said that the country’s recoveries from COVID-19 were now outpacing new reported cases, as 426 people were discharged in the last 24 hours. It added  that Thursday’s report included 162 community recoveries in Ebonyi State managed in line with NCDC guidelines, while data from Kebbi State were recorded over the last two days. The NCDC said that the country’s active cases stood at 12,984 in the last 24 hours. It said a multi-sectoral National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities in the country. The country has tested 1,684,305 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on February 27, 2020. The daily new cases has continued to follow a downward trajectory, from an all-time high daily new positive cases of 2,314 on January 22 to 135 as at March 18.

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