Nigeria confirmed 238 new cases of the COVID-19 late Friday, bringing the total number to 2,170, including 68 deaths and 351 recoveries.

The latest confirmed cases represent the highest number reported in a single day so far in the country.

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) which gave the update in a statement, the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the capital, Abuja.

After the epidemic hit Nigeria on Feb. 27, the country took drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus in the most populous African country.

On April 27, 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 May 4, as the country continues to fight the COVID-19.

The restrictions on social and religious gatherings will remain in place, said the president. Enditem

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