Nigeria records 675 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths

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Nigeria records 675 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 675 new COVID-19 infections in the country.

According to the NCDC, as of December 10, 2020, six COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in the country.

The NCDC disclosed this on its verified website on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new infections significantly increased from the 474 cases reported on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, by the centre.

The 675 is the highest the country has recorded since August 23, 2020, when 601 cases were reported. The country’s highest daily COVID-19 case so far was 745, recorded on June 19.

The centre said that the new cases were reported in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory. 

The NCDC said that the Federal Capital Territory recorded the highest cases with 183 new infections, Lagos came a distant second with 128, followed closely by Kaduna with 85 infections.

Other states include Kwara-57, Katsina-50, Plateau-42, Rivers-39, Kano-33, Ondo-21, Ogun-17, Bauchi-10, Sokoto-5, Edo-2, Ekiti-1, Bayelsa-1 and Delta-1.

The public health agency also disclosed that 232 patients were discharged after recovering from the infection from isolation centres across the country.

“As at December 10, 2020, 675 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in the country,” it said.

The agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.

The NCDC noted that till date, 71,344 cases have been confirmed, 65,474 cases have been discharged and 1,190 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Meanwhile, the agency said that an increase in social gatherings at this time of the year was a norm across the world and advised on the need to take precautionary measures. 

`We must collectively hold ourselves accountable to stay safe.

“Until a safe and effective vaccine becomes commercially available, our best chances at preventing COVID-19 lies in adhering to recommended measures such as hand washing, physical distancing and the wearing of face masks always,” it advised. 

NAN reports that the country has so far tested 829,743 persons since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on February 27, 2020. 

(NAN) 

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