Nigeria reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 97

FILE PHOTO: An official monitors thermal scanners as a passenger walks past upon arrival of a flight into Lagos, Nigeria January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Nigeria on Saturday reported 16 new confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The figures mean that the West African nation now has reported a total of 97 confirmed positive cases of the deadly virus.

The NCDC said that seven of the cases were reported in Lagos State, four in Oyo State, while two were reported in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and one each in Benue, Kaduna and Osun States.

“All new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving care,” the NCDC said on its website.

11 of Nigeria’s 36 states have confirmed at least one positive case of the coronavirus.

Lagos State accounts for about 60 percent of Nigeria’s total cases with 59 followed by Oyo State with seven and Ogun with three. Bauchi, Edo, Enugu and Osun States have all recorded two cases each while Benue, Ekiti, Kaduna and Rivers States have recorded one case each. The Federal Capital Territory in central Nigeria has recorded 16 cases.

Nigeria has so recorded only one fatality from the deadly virus. The patient was a 67-year-old man who returned following a medical procedure in the United Kingdom with underlying medical conditions including multiple myeloma and diabetes and was undergoing chemotherapy.

“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities,” the NCDC added.