Nigeria has recorded 457 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 44,890.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 17 more people have been confirmed dead from the virus. The development sees the COVID-19 death toll rise to 927 in Nigeria.
Lagos topped the list of new infections with 137 cases. Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) came second with 76 fresh infections. Further, the NCDC disclosed that the 457 new infections were recorded in Lagos and FCT; as well as 19 other states of the federation.
‘‘Five other states with high cases include Plateau – 40, Rivers – 35, Enugu – 34; Oyo – 25 and Abia – 23. Others are Delta – 12, Edo and Ebonyi – 11, Cross River and Kwara – 10, Kaduna – 9; Anambra – 7, Ogun – 5, Imo and Bauchi – 3, Osun and Nasarawa – 2; Kano and Ekiti – 1, ” the NCDC revealed.
In addition, it disclosed that 314 people had been discharged in the last 24 hours after recovering from the virus; bringing the total number of discharged cases to 32,165.
Meanwhile, the NCDC has held that home care for COVID-19 patients who were asymptomatic or have mild symptoms; must be based on the recommendation of a clinician and not on self-assessment.
“It is recommended that clinicians recommend the use of designated treatment areas; according to severity and acute care needs, to care for confirmed COVID -19 patients. Home care should only be recommended in patients after an appropriate risk assessment has been done and following appropriate counselling and patient information,” it stated.
The NCDC said that patients could be recommended for home care if hospitalisation was not feasible.
Indeed, it noted that clinicians should consider home care for such patients with no symptoms, mild symptoms; or for those without concern for rapid deterioration as determined by a managing physician.
“Home care may also be considered when in-patient care is unavailable or unsafe; (e.g. capacity is limited, and resources are unable to meet the demand for health care services). Contacts should be advised to monitor their health for 14 days from the last possible day of contact.
“Health care personnel should review the health of contacts by phone, and in person if feasible. Provide instructions to contacts on what to do if they become ill. If home care is provided, ensure follow-up and care by a family member; If and where feasible, a communication link between the patient and health care provider and/or public health personnel should be established,” it said.
Further, the NCDC stated that clinical judgment should be used and informed by an assessment of the patient’s home and environment by a trained health care worker, if and where feasible.
“Educate patients and household members about personal hygiene, infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, and how to care for the patient,” it said.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.