One more fatality has been recorded in Nigeria’s fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Equally important, the development comes as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 298 new cases of COVID-19; bringing the total number of infections in the country to 49,068.
Specifically, the NCDC made this known on its verified Twitter handle late on Sunday. According to it, only one death was recorded in the country as at Sunday, August 16. In addition, the agency disclosed that 36,497 patients have now been discharged; with a total of 975 patients losing their lives to the virus.
The centre added that Plateau recorded the highest number of infections for the day with 108 cases; followed by Kaduna with 49 cases.
Lagos, still with the highest number of cases in the country; recorded the third highest number of cases for the day with 47 newly infected people. Others include Ogun (18), Osun (17), FCT (15), Ondo (14), Edo (8), Oyo (6), Akwa Ibom (4); Cross River (4), Borno (3), Ekiti (2), Bauchi (1), Kano (1) and Rivers (1)
Meanwhile, the NCDC has advised that properly-fitted face masks would allow adequate air flow and still offer protection from COVID-19; as well as other respiratory diseases.
“Wear a mask properly. Covering your nose and mouth, no gaps, secured with straps and at least three layers of fabric,” it advised.
Furthermore, the health agency says it is making use of SORMAS; a digital surveillance tool which facilitates real-time reporting of cases of epidemic-prone diseases including COVID-19 by health workers, across Nigeria.
“By digitalising disease surveillance data, states are able to share information and engage in rapid decision-making,” it said.
NAN reports that seven African countries will start testing for COVID-19 antibodies beginning next week; in an effort to understand the extent of the outbreak of the virus in Africa. The countries, which will be the first set are Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Morocco; according to the Africa CDC.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.