Seventeen additional lives have been lost to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The latest casualties were recorded on Tuesday, June 30; thereby taking the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria to 590.
Meanwhile, 561 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across Nigeria on Tuesday. The new infections saw the total number of infections in the country rise to 25,694.
The foregoing was part of updates released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Specifically, the NCDC made the disclosure on Tuesday via its verified Twitter handle.
Equally important, the 561 new confirmed cases were from 18 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Also, Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 200 new cases. Edo was second with 119 new infections. Others include Kaduna-52, FCT-52, Niger-32, Ogun-19, Ondo-16, Imo-14, Plateau-11, Abia-8, Oyo-8, Bayelsa-7, Katsina-6, Kano-5, Bauchi-3, Osun-3, Kebbi-3, Borno-2 and Jigawa-1.
The NCDC revealed that till date, 25,694 cases had been confirmed in Nigeria. However, active cases, representing those still under admission stand at 15, 358. Also, a total of 9,746 cases have been treated and discharged while total samples collected so far stand at 134, 257. Additionally, the 590 deaths recorded so far have been in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Cross River remains the only state in Nigeria yet to report a single case of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, three out of every five Nigerians who died from COVID-19 were more than 50 years old. This was disclosed by the NCDC on Tuesday.
Thus, it urged Nigerians to take precautions to protect their older relatives by wearing a face mask in public; practising hand and respiratory hygiene and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others.
“Ensure that if you do share a toilet and bathroom with others, they are cleaned after each use. Where possible, consider drawing up a roster for bathing, and you use the bathroom first at the start of each day.
“Encourage frequent hand-washing with soap and water by all other household members and disinfect frequently touched surfaces; e. g door handles, light switches, TV remotes etc. throughout the day. Keep shared spaces well ventilated and minimise the time spent in shared enclosed spaces; such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.
“Where possible, sleep in a different bed and endeavour to maintain physical distancing even within the household. Do not share towels and beddings or use commonly shared household items including cutlery, drinking cups etc.,” the NCDC advised.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.