Nigeria has recorded 288 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
In a tweet via its official handle late Friday, the NCDC said 179 new cases had been discovered in Lagos, the country’s hotspot.
In Kaduna, 20 new cases were recorded, 15 each in both Katsina and Jigawa, 13 in Borno, 11 in Ogun, eight in Kano, seven in the FCT, four each in Niger and Ekiti, three each in Oyo, Delta and Bauchi, two in Kwara and one in Edo.
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The health agency also noted that the number of recovered cases had jumped from 1,180 on Thursday to 1,320, while the death toll increased by four to 171.
Earlier on Friday, the Chairman of the country’s task force overseeing efforts to combat the virus, Boss Mustapha, urged recovered patients not to give out details of their treatments in order to dissuade self-medication.
“We shall continue to encourage all Nigerians that see the symptoms to test, and if positive, go into the isolation centre for care by experts,” he said.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, also announced that five states in Nigeria are participating in a World Health Organisation trial.
“At the end of this, relevant authorities will make statements on acceptable drugs for treating COVID-19,” he said.