Nigeria’s novel coronavirus daily death toll dropped to a record low on Friday with one person confirmed to have died of COVID19 complications in the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the death in a statement update late Friday.
This is the first time in July that the country will record less than two fatalities in its daily death tally, and with the new figure, a total of 879 people have now died of COVID19 complications in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, 462 new samples tested positive in 15 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) on Friday, and for the second consecutive day, FCT topped the list with 93 new COVID19 cases, followed by Lagos with 78 infections.
With 295 patients discharged in the past 24 hours, a total of 19,565 people have now recovered from coronavirus infections across Nigeria.
Meanwhile, in line with the agency’s aim to increase testing capacity, two more facilities have been added to the NCDC’s molecular laboratory network.
They are the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, and the United Nations IOM Lab, Abuja.
A total of 61 labs have now been activated within the NCDC network in 30 states and the FCT to carry out tests for COVID19.
Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Bayelsa, Yobe and Taraba are yet to have any NCDC-approved facility for COVID-19 testing.