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COVID-19: Nigeria records 1 death, 143 new cases on Monday



COVID-19: Nigeria records 1 death, 143 new cases on Monday

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 143 additional new COVID-19 cases, with one death.

On Tuesday morning, on its official website, the NCDC said the total number of infections with the virus had risen to 169,678 as of July 19.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the new infections indicate a decrease from 203 cases recorded a day earlier.

He said that, unfortunately, one death related to COVID-19 was recorded on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 2,128.

The center said the new cases had been recorded in seven federation states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said Lagos state, once again, recorded the largest share of Monday’s toll with 134 infections, or around 90 percent.

The NCDC said Ondo had three new infections, while the trio of Cross Rivers, FCT and Kwara reported two new cases each.

He added that Ogun, Oyo and Rivers have each reported one.

The agency added that five states with zero reported cases were: Ekiti, Kano, Nasarawa, Plateau and Sokoto.

Meanwhile, NCDC data showed a total of 164,710 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country after treatment.

The NCDC noted that there were, however, more than 2,800 cases that were still active in the country.

The public health agency said the country has tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus from the country’s estimated 200 million people.

He added that a multisectoral National Emergency Operations Center (COU), activated at Level II, would continue to coordinate national response activities.

The NCDC said the COVID-19 outbreak was ongoing and the Delta variant had been detected in Nigeria, which was more dangerous and was spreading faster.

“Wear a mask properly at all times in public areas as this prevents transmission of the virus,” he advised.

The agency noted that the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha 2021 has come at a time when Nigerians must continue to be careful and take responsibility for their health and those around us.

“We call on all worshipers to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Avoid all non-essential travel within and outside Nigeria.

“Avoid mass gatherings. Respect physical distancing in public places. Always wear a face mask in public places, ”advised the NCDC. (NAA)

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