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Nigeria has recorded a total of 15,181 COVID-19 cases, with 399 deaths and 4,891 people now discharged.
According to the official figures published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 627 new confirmed cases were recorded in 23 states, including Lagos (229), FCT (65), Abia (54), Borno (42), Oyo (35), Rivers (28), Edo (28), Gombe (27), Ogun (21), Plateau (18), Delta (18), Bauchi (10), Kaduna (10), Benue (9), Ondo (8), Kwara (6), Nasarawa (4), Enugu (4), Sokoto (3), Niger (3), Kebbi (3), Yobe (1), and Kano (1).
The country recorded it highest daily number of cases on Thursday with 681 new cases.
President Muhammadu Buhari, while giving his speech on Democracy Day, Friday, June 12, addressed the coronavirus pandemic.
The president expressed his confidence in the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) to contain the spread of the virus, as he implored citizens to abide by safety rules.
“Nigeria recorded its first case of COVID-19 on February 27th 2020 and within the first 100 days, I have had cause to address the nation on three occasions within one month, which underscores the gravity of this pandemic,” the president said.
“The overall objective of the PTF COVID-19 is to ensure that the pandemic does not overwhelm our health systems, while ensuring that we maintain an effective Case Management System to help in containing the spread of the virus.”
“I am confident that the steps being taken by the PTF would result in flattening the COVID-19 curve. I, therefore, implore all Nigerians to abide by the approved guidelines and protocols. There is hope for us all if we take individual and collective responsibility.
“Government is determined to turn this COVID-19 challenge into a motivation to action by building a nation-wide public health care system that will help us overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for any future outbreak.”