The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has disclosed that the total number of confirmed case of the coronavirus infection has risen to 89 with eight new cases recorded today. This was made known via its Twitter handle.

It tweeted, “Eight new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, seven in Lagos State and one in Benue.

“As of 04:00 pm on 28th of March, there are 89 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with one dead.

“For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, Lagos currently has 59 cases, FCT – three, Ekiti – one, Oyo – three, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Osun – one, Rivers – one, Enugu – two, and Benue – one.”

Lagos, which is considered as the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria, is lurching towards shutdown as the country tries to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Many states in the country have asked people to stay home, restricted gatherings and shut schools, bars, non-food markets and shops to try to empty the streets.

The Federal Government had also closed international airports and sealed the borders in an attempt to stop new infections coming from abroad.

Most domestic airlines have also been stopped, trains halted and inter-state transportation suspended.

While the Presidential Villa was placed under partial closure, the National Assembly has shut down.