Four days after recording over 3,000 cases, Nigeria has now hit a new mark of over 4,000 infections following the confirmation of 239 new coronavirus cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on Saturday night via its official Twitter handle.
The spike in cases in just a few days is as a result of establishment of more sample collection centres and increased testing rate across the country.
The centre tweeted;
239 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 9, 2020
It would be recalled that on Friday, 3912 infection toll was recorded in Nigeria with 679 discharged and 117 deaths.
On the other hand, with the newly recorded infections, there are now 4151 total cases, 745 discharged and 128 deaths across the country.
In addition, NCDC revealed in a tweet posted earlier today that 23,835 samples have been tested nationwide as at May 8th.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the State would be forced to review terms of easing the lockdown if there are no improvement in the adherence to the guidelines initiated to break the cycle of transmission of the virus.
The Governor spoke on Saturday during a maiden briefing after the ease of a five-week lockdown imposed by the Federal Government.
He reiterated lockdown ease guidelines such as the use of face masks in public, noting that the measures were designed to keep people safe.
Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasized that the controlled and gradual easing of the lockdown is to strike a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods, therefore every rule guiding the ease should be strictly observed to ensure continuity.