Coronavirus spreads to Sokoto, Gombe, Abia as cases reach 665

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 38 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing total number of confirmed cases to 665.

The NCDC made this known on Monday night in its latest report on Twitter.

According to it, three new states – Gombe, Sokoto and Abia – have joined states with reported cases of the virus, as the number of states with confirmed cases hit 25.

The agency stated that of the 38 new cases from eight states, 23 were reported in Kano; five in Gombe; three in Kaduna; two in Borno, two also in Abia, while one each was recorded in FCT, Sokoto and Ekiti.

“As of 11:10p.m April 20, there are 665 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the country, while 188 were treated and have been discharged, 22 deaths have been recorded.

“As of April 20, 11:10p.m, the active cases are 455 and majority of the active cases were in a stable condition,” it said.

The agency said it would continue to respond to the pandemic across the country, adding that it has prioritised the distribution of Viral Transport Medium (VTM) to all states and the FCT for sample collection.

NCDC said it had deployed COVID-19 starter packs to all tertiary health institutions and federal medical centres.

It has also set up expanded laboratory network for COVID-19 across six geopolitical zones with 13 laboratories activated.