Nigeria's COVID-19 cases have gone beyond 54,000 after 143 fresh infections were confirmed on Monday. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Plateau state topped the list of those with new cases for the seventh consecutive day with 35 positive samples, followed by Kaduna with 21 and Lagos with 19. Other states with cases recorded are FCT (13), Ebonyi (9), Adamawa (7), Enugu (7), Katsina (7), Edo (6), and Kwara (5). Osun State recorded three fresh cases, followed by Anambra with 2, then Kano with 2, Niger (2), Ogun (2), Benue (1), Borno (1), and Sokoto (1).
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has called for caution in the face of declining infections.
According to the PTF, Plateau’s figures are a result of “aggressive sample collection”.
Elsie Ilori, Deputy Director of the NCDC, during a media briefing on Monday said “The evidence is that we have more confirmed cases being reported from Plateau state and we have told you that Plateau decided to be very aggressive and they collected a lot of samples in all their local government areas.
“Since they are reporting more confirmed cases, of course, we’ll report them as the epicentre right now.”