51 dead, 196 new cases, as total number of COVID-19 infections hit 1,728

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Wednesday, said that 196 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic were recorded in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 1,728.

The NCDC also said that the virus claimed the lives of seven patients, bringing the total number of deaths to 51.

A breakdown of the 196 new infections recorded according to the agency indicated that Lagos recorded 87 new cases, Kano, 24 and Gombe, 17.

Others were – 17-Kaduna, 16-FCT, 10-Katsina, 8-Sokoto, 7-Edo, 6-Borno, and one each from Yobe, Ebonyi, and Adamawa states.

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“As at 11:55 p.m. on April 29, Nigeria had recorded 1,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Nigeria now has 1,370 Active Cases Recorded as at 11;55p.m. on April 29, while 307 infected persons had been treated and discharged, and 51 deaths had been recorded.

“As of April 29, COVID-19 confirmed cases had been reported in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” NCDC said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the outbreak of the coronavirus has highlighted the interdependence of various sectors in the country.

Since the outbreak, a multi-sectoral emergency operations centre, led by NCDC, has been meeting to coordinate the response to the pandemic in the country.

51 dead, 196 new cases, as total number of COVID-19 infections hit 1,728

The use of face masks has been recommended in addition to other measures such as social distancing and hand hygiene to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus in the country.

It has however been suggested that the improper use of face masks could predispose people to the risk of infection.

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