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Nigeria has confirmed 114 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the tally to 1,095, from which 32 deaths have been recorded so far.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) which gave the update at 11:30 p.m. local time on Friday said the new cases were recorded in nine states, including the capital, Abuja.

Amid drastic measures in place to curb the spread of the virus in the most populous African country, some 208 cases had recovered since the pandemic hit Nigeria late February, said the NCDC in a statement. There are currently 855 active cases in the country.

Lagos, where the index case in Nigeria was recorded on Feb. 27, has remained the epicenter for the pandemic in the country, with 657 cases.

So far the pandemic has spread to the capital city of Abuja and 27 states of the 36 states in the country, according to official data.

The Nigerian government had since introduced a lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states, in the southwest region of the country, among other measures to curb the spread of the virus.

On April 13, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja for two weeks. Several other states also introduced lockdown measures on their own to intensify contact tracing, identification of suspected cases, and treatment.

Despite the measure, a total of 10,061 tests have been carried out as of Friday, the NCDC said.

Speaking to media recently, the director-general of NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu warned the disease will make its way to every state in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s aviation minister Hadi Sirika announced earlier this week that all airports will remain closed for further two weeks from April 23, as a result of the extension on lockdown.

Health authorities in Lagos have decentralized sampling stations for COVID-19 across all the local government areas, where samples will be collected from persons that meet the designated testing criteria.

The strategy is to bring sampling closer to the people for easy access to all residents toward identifying cases at the community level, said Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, in a statement sent to Xinhua this week.

The NCDC said in responding to the pandemic in the country, it will ensure effective experience-sharing across the states. Enditem

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