The tally of persons in infected with the coronavirus exceeded 50,000 on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this disclosure with the announcement of 593 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
Wednesday is the first time Nigeria reported over 500 cases in about a month. This brings the total number of infections in the country to 50,488.
A total of 37,304 infected persons have recovered and discharged after treatment in the country’s 36 states and federal capital, Abuja.
Four deaths were recorded from the virus in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths to 985.
According to the NCDC, there still over 12,000 active cases across the country.
The 593 new cases were reported from 16 states: Plateau (186), Lagos (172), FCT (62), Oyo (27), Delta (25), Rivers (20), Ondo (19), Edo (18), Kaduna (17), Enugu (12), Akwa Ibom (10), Ogun (7), Abia (6), Gombe (6), Kano (3) and Osun (3).
About a third of Nigeria’s cases (over 17,000) were recorded in Lagos, the country’s commercial capital and epicenter of the Coronavirus. The second most affected is Abuja, the capital city with 4,837 cases.
Whereas, Nigeria is Africa’s third most impacted country behind only South Africa and Egypt.
More than a million infection and over 26,000 deaths have been reported in Africa.
The World Health Organisation is worried by the community spread of the new coronavirus in a significant number of West African countries.
Majority of cases in Nigeria contracted the virus from unknown sources.
Nigeria has tested almost 360,000 of its 200 million population.