The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has risen to 305 after 17 more people tested positive for the virus, the Disease Control Center said late Friday.
The 17 new cases included eight from Lagos, three from Katsina, two from Abuja, one from Niger, one from Kaduna, one from Anambra, and one from Ondo, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said in an update.
Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub has the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country with 163 cases.
The center added that 58 patients had recovered from COVID-19 with seven deaths recorded so far.
Most of the cases reported were from travellers who have just returned to the country. Other cases were from people who have come in contact with infected people.
Meanwhile, the NCDC said that they currently have 17 rapid response teams supporting states in the response to COVID-19.
Through its responses to COVID-19, the center said it is working hard to change the narrative in Africa.
The NCDC added that it remains in full support of the healthcare workers, who are critical in the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Nigeria has closed its airports, border crossings, mosques, and educational institutions, banning mass gatherings and movements among cities, and imposing a partial lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun.