Nigeria has registered 265 new cases of the new coronavirus, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control announced on Saturday.
The total number of infections in the country now stands at 7,526.
In a tweet via its official handle, the NCDC reported that 133 of the new cases were found in Lagos, 34 in Oyo, 28 in Edo, 22 in the FCT, six in Plateau, five in Kaduna, three each in Borno and Niger, and two in Kwara, Bauchi, Anambra and Enugu.
The number of deaths has risen to 221; the figures for successfully treated patients also increased to 2,174.
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– NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 23, 2020
Meanwhile, the global number of new cases of coronavirus has exceeded 5.25 million with more than 339,000 deaths, according to a count of official sources compiled by AFP Saturday at 1900 GMT.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic in China in December, 5,260,970 cases have been recorded in 196 countries and territories, with 339,758 deaths attributed to the virus.
The latest figures mean that cases registered worldwide have doubled in one month, with 250,000 new cases registered in less than three days.
The counts, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably only reflect a fraction of the actual number of infections.
Many countries only test for symptomatic or more serious cases.
As of Friday, since 1900 GMT, 4,179 new deaths and 100,671 new cases have been reported worldwide.
The countries with the most deaths are Brazil with 1,001, followed by the United States with 989 and Mexico with 479.
The United States, which recorded its first case of the virus in early February, is the country most affected, with 1,661,691 cases and 96,479 deaths.
After the United States, the hardest hit countries are Great Britain with 36,675 deaths out of 257,154 cases, Italy with 32,735 out of 229,327 cases, Spain with 28,678 deaths and 235,290 cases and France with 28,332 deaths and 182,469 cases.
Belgium, which recorded 80 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Spain 61, Great Britain and Italy 54 and France 43 per 100,000 inhabitants, are among the countries most affected by the rate mortality.
China – excluding Hong Kong and Macao – has reported 4,634 deaths and 82,971 cases to date. There are 78,258 cases recovered.
Europe as a whole has 173,279 deaths for 2,004,226 cases, the United States and Canada have 102,912 deaths for 1,695,281 infections, Latin America and the Caribbean 37,762 deaths for 685,508 cases, Asia 13,745 deaths for 428,300 cases, the Middle East 8,704 deaths for 333,744 cases, Africa 3,226 deaths from 105,456 cases, and Oceania 130 deaths from 8,463 cases.
Corrections made by national authorities or late publication of data mean that the figures updated in the last 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the figures from the previous day.