The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 212 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and three deaths due to the infections.
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
A total of eight states have recorded 212 infections in the country in the last 24 hours.
According to the agency, the 212 new cases brought the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 infection cases to 61,194.
It stated that there were 110 COVID-19 patients discharged across the country in the last 24 bringing total number of successfully treated cases to 52,304.
The NCDC said that the nation sadly recorded three new related COVID-19 deaths with the total national death toll from the infection put at 1,119.
According to it, the eight states with new infection are Lagos-85; Oyo-72; FCT-21; Ogun and Plateau-11 each; Katsina-6; Kaduna-5 and Osun.
The public health agency said that till date, 61194 cases have been confirmed, 52304 cases have been discharged and 1119 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, the agency reminded all travelers into Nigeria to take a COVID-19 , Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR),test at an accredited lab within 5 days prior to departure.
“Complete registration on nitp.ncdc.gov.ng within 3 days prior to boarding.
“A step-by-step guide on international travel to Nigeria: youtu.be/tOM68QCA5sk ,” it advised.
Nigeria Records Two New COVID-19 Deaths
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 138 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), with two deaths recorded in 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last 24 hours in the country.
The NCDC made this known on its official website on Thursday.
The Centre, however, stated that 105 patients were discharged after testing negative to the virus across the country during the period under review.
With the new confirmed cases on Thursday, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country is now 61,805 in the country.
The NCDC confirmed that Kastina reported 44 cases of the new virus, followed by Lagos with 35 cases, while Kwara, Kaduna and Plateau recorded 15, 13, and seven cases.
Other states with new cases were; Imo (6), Adamawa (5) Rivers (4), Yobe (3), Ogun (2), Oyo (2), Osun (1) and FCT (1).
Since the beginning of the pandemic in Nigeria in February, NCDC had tested more than 595,283 samples, out of which, 61,805 were positive.
The health agency stated that “till date, 61,805 cases have been confirmed, 56,985 cases have been discharged and 1,127 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
It noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
Meanwhile, the agency said that physical distancing measures could help to reduce transmission and enable health systems to cope.
It advised that “handwashing and coughing into your elbow can reduce the risk for yourself and others.
“But on their own, they are not enough to extinguish this pandemic. It’s the combination that makes the difference.
“States must take a comprehensive approach, but the most effective way to prevent infections and save lives is by breaking the chain of transmission. And to do that, you must test and isolate.”
Canada Contributes $3M To Nigeria’s UN COVID-19 Basket
The Canadian Government says it has contributed US$ 3 million to the United Nations COVID-19 Basket Fund for Nigeria’s response.
The acting Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ryan Ward, in a statement, said that the investment will help Nigeria continue its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the funds will facilitate the further mobilization of resources and programming in support of the National COVID-19 Multi-Sectoral Pandemic Response Plan, developed by the Presidential Task Force.
“This includes support for the procurement of critical medical supplies, strengthening the capacity of the health system to respond, and addressing the social impact on the most vulnerable,” he said.
The COVID-19 Basket Fund is being implemented by the UN system in Nigeria through a Project Management Board comprising representatives of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Response, relevant Government agencies, contributing donors and the UN system.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the health and well-being of Nigerians, with women and girls being disproportionately affected.
“Canada’s contribution to the COVID-19 Basket Fund reinforces the importance of working together, under the leadership of the Government of Nigeria, to further prevent its spread and address the needs of those most affected,” he said
Kenya’s COVID-19 Cases Rise to 46,144 With 497 New Infections
Kenya’s ministry of health has announced 497 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the last 24 hours.
The new infections bring total confirmed cases in the East African nation to 46,144.
In a statement on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the latest cases are from a sample size of 4,888, bringing the number of cumulative tests done in the country to date to 632,669.
“Currently, there are 27 patints in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.
“A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on home-based isolation care,” he added.
Kagwe said that from the latest cases, 471 are Kenyans while 26 are foreigners.
The youngest case is of a one-year-old while the oldest is 88, with 295 being male and 202 being female.
At the same time, recoveries have increased to 32,760 after 238 patients tested negative in the last 24 hours.
Of this number, 170 patients are from the home-based care programme while 68 have been discharged from various hospitals in the country.
On the other hand, fatalities have risen to 858 following the death of 16 patients over the last 24 hours.
Nairobi leads with 227 of the new cases, followed by Machakos (64), Mombasa (51), Uasin Gishu (37), Laikipia (28), Busia (19), Kajiado (11) and Embu (10).
Other cases were registered in Nakuru (9), Wajir (7), Kiambu (6), Kilifi (6), Kisumu (4), Nyeri (4), Makueni (3), Elgeyo Marakwet (2), Meru (2), Kisii (2) and Turkana (2). Narok, Homa Bay and Kakamega registered a case each.
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