Nigeria reported 97 new cases of the novel coronavirus, local authorities said late Sunday, bringing the nationwide tally to 57,242.

“On the 20th of September 2020, 97 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria,” Nigeria’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in latest update.

It said a total of 48,569 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, while the death toll in the country reached 1,098.

With over 18,900 cases, the commercial capital Lagos remains Nigeria’s worst-hit city.

It is followed by the Federal Capital Territory, which includes the capital Abuja, with more than 5,500 cases, and the southwestern Oyo State, where more than 3,200 cases have been confirmed to date.

The pandemic has claimed more than 960,800 lives in 188 countries and regions since last December, according to the latest figures by US’ Johns Hopkins University.

The US, India and Brazil are currently the worst-hit countries.

Over 31.04 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries surpassing 21.25 million, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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