The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 62,691 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total number of 58,430 people it added, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the death toll has risen to 1,144.
Coronavirus cases have risen over the last few months in several regions of the world and infections worldwide have exceeded 45 million.
A database maintained by Johns Hopkins University put the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases reported around the world since the pandemic began at more than 45 million as of Saturday morning, with more than 30 million of those listed as recovered. The death toll reported by the US-based university stood at about 1.2 million.
According to CBC news, Kenya has joined the trial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine candidate, which was developed with Oxford University. The Kenya Medical Research Institute said the first of 40 volunteers in the country who have been vaccinated are all front-line health workers.
The news of the east African nation joining the trial comes as Kenya’s government said a second surge in COVID-19 cases had begun there.