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Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases now 139

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced four new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire  Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases now 139 Osagie Ehanire
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister

The agency said on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 on Twitter that, of the four new cases, three are in Abuja, while one is in Lagos.

“As at 08:00 pm on March 31st there are 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths,” it said.

There are now 28 confirmed cases of the virus in Abuja (FCT) and 82 in Lagos.

Earlier on Tuesday, four cases had been confirmed in both Osun and Ogun States.

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NCDC said on Twitter that, out of the four cases, Osun recorded three while Ogun had one case.

“As at 08:00 pm March 31 there are 139 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths,” it said.

NCDC said that currently, there were 82 cases in Lagos; Abuja 28, Oyo- eight; Osun- five; Ogun – four; Kaduna-three; Enugu, Edo and Bauchi with two cases each, while Ekiti, Rivers and Benue have one case each.

The Federal Government earlier said that it would convert 300 GeneXpert facilities to test centres for the COVID-19.

The government said the recent inclusion of University College Hospital, Ibadan, into the network laboratories for COVID-19, would enable increased testing capacity and improved turn-around time.

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There is also an ongoing assessment to include seven other laboratories in the next three weeks

The laboratories would assist other response activities, thereby reducing the numbers of deaths. 

They would also provide diagnostic support for several states of the federation. 

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