Nigeria Records First Death as Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Rise to 36

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The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has risen to 36 with on death

The victim, Suleiman Achumugu, former managing director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), died at 2am on Monday.

The deceased, an indigene of Kogi state, was said to have returned from the United Kingdom two weeks ago.


The figure rose after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday that six new cases had been confirmed.

According to the health agency, this is the latest update on the disease as of 10:35am on March 23, 2020.

As of 9:45am, a breakdown of the figure showed that two cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos respectively, while one case was confirmed in Edo State.

Of the total figure of 35 reported earlier, Lagos State and the FCT recorded 24 and six confirmed cases of COVID-19, being the highest in the country.

Similarly, Ogun State has confirmed two cases while Ekiti, Oyo, and Edo States have recorded one case each.

In tweets on its verified handle on Monday, the NCDC explained that 33 of the confirmed cases were active while the other two had been discharged

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