BREAKING: Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases rise to 131 with only two deaths so far, 8 recovers

A local resident wears a protective face mask on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Nigerian health authorities said theyre tracing everyone whos been in contact with an Italian man who tested positive for the coronavirus, the first such case in sub-Saharan Africa. Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Coronavirus cases have risen to 131 in Nigeria as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 20 new cases on Monday.

Of the 20 new cases, 13 were recorded in Lagos State, four in Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), two in Kaduna and one in Oyo.
Naija247news reports that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, earlier announced that he tested positive for the virus.

The NCDC tweeted, “Twenty new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 13 in Lagos, four in FCT, two in Kaduna and one in Oyo State.

“As of 09:00 pm on March 30, there are 131 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with two deaths.”

Meanwhile the Lagos State Government on Monday discharged five coronavirus patients treated at the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba Mainland Hospital.

The discharged patients are five of the 65 patients at the centre.

The recovered patients were treated at the isolation centre for two weeks. This brings the total number of survivors to eight in the state.

As of Sunday, Lagos State has recorded 68 cases of coronavirus infection, out of which eight have recovered and have been discharged.

Giving an update on the recovery of the patients, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State and the Covid-19 incident commander, said it is a signal that the state is doing its best in combating the infection.

“We are very excited to hear that five of our citizens in the isolation centre have regained full recovery. It is another pointer to us that with a concerted effort, we can defeat the coronavirus in Lagos and Nigeria,” he said.

Mr Sanwo-Olu reassured Lagosians that the government is doing all within its powers to curtail the spread of the virus so that life could return to normal.

The five new survivors are four males and one female. The female survivor, Oluwaseun Owosobi, gave an account of her experience while at the isolation Centre, and her recovery process.

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