Nigeria crossed the 5,000 mark on Thursday with 193 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in 14 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). A total of 5,162 cases have now been recorded in 34 states and the FCT.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new cases one minute before midnight on Thursday. A total of 110 recoveries were recorded, increasing the figure from 1,070 to 1,180, while fatalities increased from 164 to 170.
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The number of samples tested has also increased to 30,657 according to the situation report for May 13, but this is still a long way from the NCDC’s target of two million tests in the next three months.
Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC director-general, said with the rate of transmission, Nigerians have to learn to live with the virus.
“I think it’s become clear to all of us that we will have to learn to live with this virus for some time to come, and living with it means not only saving lives from the virus, but saving lives from all the other things that afflict us,” he said.