By Godwin Anene
Confirmed cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria on Tuesday hit 17,148 as Rivers State toppled Edo State as the most infected state in the Niger Delta region.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) stated this on Tuesday, while announcing 490 new cases of the coronavirus in the FCT and 15 states of the country including Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Edo States.
NCDC, in the new figures released, said 5,623 patients have been discharged across the country.
According to the figures, Rivers has now toppled Edo which first recorded the virus in the region after spike in the number of infected persons in the state.
As of on Monday Rivers State came fifth after Edo which was fourth on the COVID-19 chart after 39 new cases of the disease.
It said the country recorded 31 deaths on Tuesday bringing the total number of fatalities to 455.
The figures read, “490 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria; Lagos-142, FCT-60, Bayelsa-54, Rivers-39, Delta-37, Oyo-30, Kaduna-26, Imo-23, Enugu-19, Kwara-17, Gombe-11, Ondo-10, Bauchi-8, Ogun-7, Borno-6, Benue-1
“17,148 confirmed. 5,623 discharged. 455 deaths.”