The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 550 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country taken the total number of infections to 70,195.

NCDC stated this via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday night.

The agency also disclosed that it recorded an additional coronavirus-related death to take the total number of fatalities in the country to 1,182.

“The 550 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (219), FCT (168), Kaduna (52), Kwara (19), Kano (15), Rivers (15), Sokoto (10), Enugu(9), Gombe (8), Plateau (7), Osun (7), Anambra (5), Oyo (5), Jigawa (4), Ogun (4), Bauchi (2) and Edo (1)” the NCDC said.

It noted that 163 patients were discharged across the country after recovering from the disease.

The 550 cases recorded as of December 9 represent the highest the country has recorded since Aug. 23, when 601 cases were reported.

Nigeria has so far tested 817, 913 persons since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on Feb. 27.

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