Nigeria recorded 176 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the new total to 57,613 in the past 24 hours, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said.
Making the announcement via its Twitter handle Tuesday night, the government agency said 48,836 previously reported cases are now recovered and discharged.
Nigeria’s death toll from the coronavirus remains the same at 1,100.
Africa has recorded more than 1.4 million cases and over 34,000 deaths.
As of September 22, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 34, 077. There are 1, 412 699 confirmed infections and 1, 158, 751 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The world Health Organization (WHO) in its latest global update late on Monday, said that Africa, which has remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic, dodged the upward trend, reporting a 12 per cent drop in new cases from a week earlier.
WHO said 1,998,897 new cases of the novel coronavirus had been registered around the world during the week ending on September 20. That marked a six per cent increase from the week before and “the highest number of reported cases in a single week since the beginning of the epidemic”.
Worldwide, the number of those diagnosed with COVID-19 is more than 31 million according to Johns Hopkins University, and nearly 965,000 have died, while some 21.1 million people have recovered.