The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday night announced sixteen new cases of the Coronavirus.

Ten of the new cases were recorded in Lagos; two cases were recorded in the FCT, two in Oyo, one in Delta and one in Katsina.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 254.

Fourty-four have so far been discharged with six deaths recorded.

Meanwhile, Boss Mustapha, chairman, Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19, and Secretary to the Federal Government, has expressed optimism that the current challenge of the ravaging Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria would soon be surmounted.

He made this assurance during the visit of the presidential task force to some of the isolation centres in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mustapha, commended efforts of the Lagos State Government towards curtailing the ravaging pandemic, saying, “Lagos is doing a great job” on containment of the pandemic and will soon be a thing of the past, in view of concerted and sustained efforts to curtail the pandemic in the country.

He, however, urged residents of the state to continue to give government the necessary support in the fight against COVID-19, in order to kick it out of the country.

The task force, accompanied by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, inspected isolation facilities at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos Island; Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Yaba; University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba and Gbagada General Hospital, Isolation Centre, Gbagada.

Also in the entourage was Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, among other personalities.

“Thank you for the great job that you’re doing in supporting the work that is being undertaken by His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State and his team. We’ve just taken a tour of these facilities that is very important place in anticipation that we’ll have to receive patients here.

“So far, I think Lagos State is doing a great job. From what I’ve seen here, they’re putting up a first class and a world class facility that will help us in the management of those that are affected with COVID-19.”

“I think we are on course and the basic strategy of the national response is containment, try as much as possible to reduce spreads to tracking of those that have already been infected so that we minimize the case of community transmission.

“We are doing very well. So far, processes that have been put in place, the plans, the objectives are being achieved.

“I listened to the briefing of the commissioner for Lagos State yesterday, where there was quite a clear indication that the reason for the lockdown and the processes that have been put in place is achieving its desired objective.”