The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the new cases in an official tweet, which reads;
176 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 16, 2020
Though, there is currently no known cure for coronavirus, the number of successfully managed cases in the country has risen from 1320 recorded on Friday to 1472.
Total number of fatalities have also increased from 171 to 176 after recording 5 new deaths.
Also, NCDC announced in its COVID-19 situation that total samples tested nationwide have increased from 31,702 to 32,942 as at May 15th.
Meanwhile, Nigeria chapter of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) has warned that measures such as isolation and physical distancing may worsen drug abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, the President of ISSUP Nigeria, Dr Martin Agwogie, said with over 14 million people using different psychoactive substances in the country, concerted efforts are required to reverse the problem.
The society urged the Federal Government to initiate measures to prevent a possible spike in drug abuse during the pandemic.