Nigeria Reports 201 New COVID-19 Cases, Zero Death

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 201 New Cases of COVID-19 infections, with no related fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC, which made this known via its verified website on Monday, disclosed that 224 people were discharged after recovery from the disease during the period under review.

“Our discharges today include 123 community recoveries in Lagos State, managed in line with the guidelines,” it said.

It added that the new infections took the country’s tally of COVID-19 cases to 73,374 noting that about 848,194 tests were conducted since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in the country.

It stated that the newly registered COVID-19 cases were reported across 11 states.

Kaduna State reported the highest number of cases with 74, while Lagos State confirmed 53 cases and Kastina State had 40 cases as Rivers reported 11 cases.

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Among other states with new infections were Plateau 9, Kwara 6, Bauchi 2, Ogun 2, Taraba 2, Edo 1 and Sokoto 1.

The NCDC stated that till date, 73,374 cases have been confirmed, 66,314 patients discharged and 1,197 deaths recorded in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

The centre said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3 has continued to coordinate the national response activities.

Meanwhile, the agency advised Nigerians to continue to abide by the COVID-19 protocols by frequently washing their hands under running water, observing social distance and wearing of face mask.

“COVID-19 confirmed cases continue to increase in what appears to be a second wave of the pandemic, which led to a lockdown earlier in the year,” it said.

The health agency lamented the non-compliance to all the COVID -19 protocols.

It advised that this was not the time for Nigerians to relax their guard, noting that the erroneous belief that COVID-19 had been conquered and was no more in Nigeria should be discarded.

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The NCDC said the fact that people did not feel at risk anymore and did not comply with COVID-19 procedures was worrisome.

The public health agency noted that physical distancing, hand hygiene and wearing of face masks still remained the best preventive tools against contracting the pandemic.

It said: “The publicity on COVID-19 has been declining, but we need the media to continue to report the pandemic so that Nigerians will know it is still with us.

“People do not feel at risk and do not comply with COVID-19 protocols anymore and it is worrisome.

“Despite the ongoing efforts to produce vaccines, mask-wearing, hand washing and physical distancing still remain the three best tools to fight COVID-19 and it is very important to go for testing to prevent the spread.

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“At individual level, we must protect ourselves, support one another and follow advice provided by NCDC, Ministry of Health and WHO.

“It is not the time to relax and we must stay at home, if there is no need to travel.

“We are encouraging all sectors to take leadership and design their own guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19,” it explained.

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