The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that Nigeria now has 51 new cases of the novel Coronavirus.
In a tweet on Friday, April 17, 2020, the NCDC reported 32 new cases in Lagos State, six in Kano State, five in Kwara State, two each in the Federal Capital Territory and Oyo State, and one each in Ogun and Ekiti States.
As at 12 noon on April 18, 2020, there are 493 confirmed cases of Coronavirus reported in Nigeria, with 159 discharged cases and 17 deaths.
During the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Friday, April 17, 2020, the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said the Task Force aims to increase access to testing as new testing modalities also become available.
Earlier on Friday, the NCDC said it had tested 7,153 samples for COVID-19 in the country, but pledged to ramp up the rate of testing, especially in the FCT and Lagos State.
According to an AFP tally using official figures, the Coronavirus has now killed more than 1,000 people across Africa since the pandemic emerged late year 2019.
According to the figures compiled on Friday, Algeria is the African country with the highest number of deaths at 364, followed by Egypt with 205, Morocco 135 and South Africa 50.
The worldwide death toll has topped 150,000 people while more than 2.2 million infections have been declared.