Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has claimed no state reported a new COVID-19 case within the last 24 hours, TopNaija reports.
NCDC, however, announced 653 outstanding cases which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 36,107.
In an update on its official website, the agency put the death rate at 778, active cases at 20,391, discharged cases at 14,938 and samples already tested at 209,446. It read: “On the 18th July 2020, 653 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
“Till date, 36107 cases have been confirmed, 14938 cases have been discharged and 778 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”
Of the 653 new cases reported from 28 states, 115 are in Lagos, 85 in Kwara, 80 in Enugu and 78 in FCT Abuja. Amongst others were Enugu with 80 cases and the FCT with 78. Rivers had 36 cases, Ondo – 35, Oyo – 30, Katsina – 28, Kaduna – 19, Abia – 19, Nasarawa – 18, Plateau – 17, and Imo – 16.
NCDC said that Gombe, Bayelsa, Adamawa, and Osun also recorded four more cases while a case of the virus was recorded each in Cross River, Yobe, Borno, and Zamfara states.
According to the centre, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in country to 36,107 out of the more than 200,000 tests conducted. The health agency, however, said that 305 recovered patients were discharged from various isolation centres across the country after undergoing treatment.
“We’re working on a new platform to improve the system of communicating results. COVID-19 is not malaria. If you have COUGH or FEVER and one of these symptoms: Loss of taste/smell, difficulty in breathing, diarrhoea, catarrh, fatigue, shivering, body pain, headache, and sore throat, call your state hotline: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/contact/,” it stated. The agency stressed that observing physical distancing ”helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Avoid contact with droplets when an infected person sneezes/coughs. And Take Responsibility, Wear a face mask, Observe physical distancing and Wash your hands frequently.”
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