The number of people infected with coronavirus in Nigeria rose to 12,801 on Monday, with 4,040 already treated and discharged.
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), giving an update on the disease, late Monday night, said the 315 new cases of COVID-19 recorded brought the total number of infections in the country to 12,801.
The NCDC noted that as of June 8, 315 new confirmed cases and seven deaths were recorded in the country.
However, no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC said that COVID-19 cases were managed based on the symptoms, complications and other conditions patients present on admission or develop during treatment while their immune system fights the infection.
The health agency said that till date, 12,801 cases have been confirmed, 8,400 active cases, 4,040 cases have been treated and discharged and 361 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The NCDC said that 315 new cases were reported from 14 states: Lagos (128), FCT (34), Rivers (32), Edo (28), Oyo (22), Kaduna (20), Gombe (13), Ogun (8), Plateau (5), Delta (7), Kwara (7), Kano (5), Bauchi (4), Katsina (2).
The public health institute said that they were not where they wanted to be in the response to COVID-19 in the country.
“We have reagents for about 200,000 tests across our lab network, however, our testing capacity is grossly under-utilised.
“We’re challenging states to collect samples from the right people,” NCDC said.
NCDC said that it recognised that they started from a very low base, with inadequate health infrastructure to respond to an outbreak of such magnitude.
“What we have regardless is a vibrant workforce, working round the clock to control the infection,” it said.