NCDC records 354 additional COVID-19 cases as Nigeria’s total infections hit 45,244

NCDC records 354 additional COVID-19 cases as Nigeria's total infections hit 45,244
Nigeria’s total cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) rise further to 45,244, as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 354 new infections.

Disclosing this on its official twitter handle, NCDC stated that three more persons died from the disease.

According to NCDC, 45,244 cases had been confirmed, 32,430 cases discharged and 930 deaths had been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory till date.

It stated that the  354 new cases were reported from 17 states- FCT (78), Lagos (76), Kaduna (23), Ebonyi (19), Oyo (18), Nasarawa (17), Rivers (17), Delta (16), Kwara (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Edo (12), Ogun (12), Plateau (11), Kano (9), Bauchi (6), Borno (6), and Ekiti (6).

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The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities in the country.

Effective contact tracing

Meanwhile, the NCDC noted that the public health response in the country was being strengthened to address the coronavirus.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, at the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) briefing on Thursday, said this was part of the focus of the just-concluded National Council on Health meeting presided over by the Minister of Health and attended by state Health Commissioners.

Ihekweazu said: “Yes, it is harder when we have community transmission but not impossible, it just means we have to deploy all resources collectively.

“At the moment, for instance, NCDC still has a team of about 40 people supporting Lagos State alone.

”That is because we recognise the size of the challenge. A third of all the cases in Nigeria is still reported in Lagos, even though, cases are declining over the last few weeks.

“Until we have a vaccine, there won’t be a point where we would say, ‘let’s relax.’ That is really out of the question.”

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