Nigeria’s death toll from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has hit 1,100.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also announced 195 new cases of the dreaded virus.
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.
The health agency sadly reported two new deaths raising the death toll in the country to 1,100.
It also reported that 105 patients who had been treated and had also recovered from the infection were discharged across the country.
The NCDC said that Enugu State recorded the highest number of new cases with 51, followed by Gombe with 40, Lagos with 39, Plateau with 23, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with 15.
Among other states that recorded new cases were Rivers (12), Kaduna (8), Ondo (3), Bauchi (2), Edo (1), and Ogun (1).
According to the agency, till date, 57,437 cases have been confirmed, 48,674 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The health agency said a multi-sectoral national emergency operation centre (EOC) activated at Level three, had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
Meanwhile, the agency has warned that majority of Nigerian states were not testing enough.
It said, “We do not have enough data coming out of these states to ascertain if we are improving or not or where exactly we are.
“So we have to work together; in summary, it is way too early to make any interpretation whether we are flattening the curve or not.”
The NCDC appealed to more states to test consistently so that progress could be monitored on a national level.
Nigeria Records 119 New COVID-19 Cases
Nigeria on Monday recorded 119 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 62,111.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its website on Monday.
The centre also recorded two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC stated that Lagos reported the highest number of infections with 77 while the FCT reported 26 cases.
Others Plateau-nine; Edo-four; Oyo-two and Nasarawa-one.
The NCDC said 57,571 people have been discharged while Nigeria recorded a total of 1,132 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It added that so far, 612,154 people have been tested since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on Feb. 27.
The agency advised Nigerians to maintain physical distance and wear masks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
“Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in your community. It is very important to wash your hand frequently with soap under running water.
The body advised everyone to #TakeResponsibility by ensuring hygienic practices to keep ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy.
Nigeria’s Lagos Records Zero New COVID-19 Infection
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Lagos state the nation’s epicentre of the COVID-19, on Sunday recorded zero infection.
The NCDC, on uts verified Website said it recorded 62 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The centre said with the 62 new infection, the country now have 61,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The NCDC also said that 180 COVID-19 patients were ischarged across the country in the last 24 hours.
It announced that one new COVID-19 death was reported in the last 24 hours with the national death toll at 1,130.
The centre said that 10 states and FCT recorded new cases on Sunday with Taraba leading with 18 cases, while Ogun recorded 15 cases.
Other are FCT-six; Kaduna-six; Katsina-four; Ondo-four; Ekiti and Rivers-three each; Kano, Osun, and Sokoto-one each.
“Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least six feet away from others when possible, even if you or they do not have any symptoms,”it stated.
The NCDC also advised that social distancing was especially important for people who were at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
“If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others,” it said.
The public health agency said that COVID-19 could live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
“Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.
“Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19.
”Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community,” NCDC advised.
Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Top 1.7 Million
The number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,707,741, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Sunday.
The Africa CDC said in a statement that the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 41,145 as of Sunday afternoon.
A total of 1,399,238 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent, the Africa CDC said.
The most affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
The Southern Africa region is the most COVID-19 affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.
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