COVID-19 infections have continued to rise in Nigeria as the economy approaches a full re-opening.
Indeed, confirmed cases have crossed the 45,000 mark and gradually heading for the 50,000 milestone.
On Friday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 443 new cases of COVID-19. The development brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 45,687. The NCDC made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Friday.
Meanwhile, the agency noted that six more persons have died from the disease. Till date, 45,687 cases have been confirmed and 32,637 cases have been discharged. Also, 936 deaths have been recorded so far across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Further, the NCDC said that the 443 new cases were reported from 18 states and the FCT; with Plateau recording 103, Lagos 70 and the FCT 60.
Others are Ondo (35), Edo (27), Rivers (27), Kaduna (20), Osun (19), Borno (18), Oyo (18), Kwara (11); Adamawa (9), Nasarawa (7), Gombe (6), Bayelsa (4), Imo (4), Bauchi (2), Ogun (2), and Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the NCDC has joined the global movement to commemorate the World Mask Week; by sensitising all citizens to the need to wear face mask. The week aims to reinforce the importance of wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In the absence of a vaccine that can prevent infection, and as COVID-19 cases increase globally; citizens are expected to depend on non-pharmaceutical measures, which include the use of face masks; washing of the hands with soap, physical distancing, and supportive management of confirmed cases to mitigate the impact of the disease.
The World Mask Week is an initiative of a coalition of organisations including the Pandemic Action Network (PAN); the World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa CDC, and private companies working to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 globally.
The week is expected to run from August 7 to 14, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC; and partner organisations will run activities in the course of the week.
To that end, they will hold awareness campaigns in communities and media features nationwide; to sensitise Nigerians to the importance of wearing face masks in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Please refer to table below for confirmed cases of COVID-19 across states in Nigeria.