With 9 new COVID-19 cases, Nigeria's confirmed number of infection rises to 90

With the announcement of the positive status of Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Nigeria, Saturday, recorded nine new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed infections in the country to 90.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its Twitter handle on Saturday.

It tweeted, “Eight new cases (before el-rufai's announcement) of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, seven in Lagos State and one in Benue.

“As of 04:00 pm on 28th of March, there are 89 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with one dead.

“For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, Lagos currently has 59 cases, FCT – three, Ekiti – one, Oyo – three, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Osun – one, Rivers – one, Enugu – two, and Benue – one.”

According to the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, coronavirus has hit 46 African countries.

The UN’s health agency disclosed this in its regional official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Saturday.

The agency said there are over 3,778 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 46 countries on the African continent with a total of 109 deaths reported.

South Africa currently has 1,170 cases, making it the country most affected by the virus on the continent.

Lagos, which is considered as the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, is lurching towards shutdown as the country tries to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Many states in the country have asked people to stay home, restricted gatherings and shut schools, bars, non-food markets and shops to try to empty the streets.

The Federal Government had also closed international airports and sealed the borders in an attempt to stop new infections coming from abroad. 

Most domestic airlines have also been stopped, trains halted and inter-state transportation suspended.

While the Presidential Villa was placed under partial closure, the National Assembly has shut down.
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