Nigeria confirmed Tuesday night 195 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day increase since the most populous African country reported the first case late February.
As of 11:50 p.m. local time (1050 GMT) on Tuesday, Nigeria has reported a total of 1,532 cases, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said.
Meanwhile, 44 deaths and 225 recoveries have been reported so far.
The new cases on Tuesday were reported from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and 14 states. The pandemic has so far spread to the FCT and 33 states in Nigeria.
Lagos, the country’s economic hub, also the worst-hit state by COVID-19, recorded 80 new cases on Tuesday, bringing its total to 844, according to the NCDC. The FCT, where the capital Abuja is located, is the second worst-hit with 158 cases, while the populous northern state of Kano came third with 115 cases.
On Monday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures effective in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and two states of Lagos and Ogun from Monday, as the country continues to fight the epidemic.
Buhari announced new nationwide measures to replace the lockdowns, including an overnight curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., bans on non-essential inter-state passenger travel, mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public, and partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services.
He said the new measures “will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.”
The restrictions on social and religious gatherings will remain in place, said the president, adding the current lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states will remain in place until these new measures come into effect on Monday. Enditem