506 New Cases of Coronavirus Recorded in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 506 new COVID-19 cases in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It also reported 20 deaths.

NCDC reported this via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov early Monday morning.

The agency said, till date, 139,748 cases of the global pandemic have been confirmed in the country.

According to the NCDC, 113,525 patients have been treated and discharged, while 1,667 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory so far.

It added that 24,556 active cases are currently being managed all over the country; while 1,302,410 samples have been tested so far.

The 506 new cases were reported from 20 states comprising: Ondo (90), Kwara (89), Rivers (53), Borno (45), Gombe (32), FCT (28), Imo (26), Ogun (25), Lagos (22), Kaduna (14), Kano (14), Edo (13), Osun (11), Cross River (10), Yobe (9), Ekiti (7), Kebbi (6), Nasarawa (6), Oyo (5), and Jigawa (1)

The agency noted that multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 3 continues to coordinate the national response activities.

“Our discharges today include 360 community recoveries in Lagos State, 138 in Osun State, 121 in Plateau State, 89 in Imo State and 38 in Kano State managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC added.

Meanwhile, the agency has recommended the following precautions to avoid infection with the COVID-19 virus:

“Avoid close contact. This means avoiding close contact within about six feet, or two meters with anyone who is sick or has symptoms. Also, keep distance between yourself and others. This is especially important if you have a higher risk of serious illness.

“Wear cloth face coverings in public places. Cloth face coverings offer extra protection in places such as the grocery store, where it is difficult to avoid close contact with others. Surgical masks may be used if available. N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare providers.

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“Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.

”Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the used tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you’re sick. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily.

“Stay home from work, school and public areas if you’re sick, unless you’re going to get medical care. Avoid public transportation, taxis and ride-sharing if you’re sick.

If you have a chronic medical condition and may have a higher risk of serious illness, check with your doctor about other ways to protect yourself,” it advised.

 

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