Nigeria Reports 389 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Number Of Cases Cross 8,733

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday announced the number of COVID-19 cases in the country increased further on Wednesday with 389 cases reported, despite efforts by authorities to flatten the curve of the pandemic, reported Africa News.

The new confirmed cases take the country’s total infections to 8,733 out of which 2,501 have been discharged with 254 have lost their lives.

The health agency in a late tweet on Wednesday said Lagos recorded 256 new cases, Katsina 23, Edo 22, Rivers 14, Kano 13, Adamawa and Akwa Ibom 11 each, Kwara and Nasarawa six each, Gombe, Plateau, Abia, Benue, Delta Oyo, Niger, and Kogi recorded two each, while Imo, Borno, Ogun and Anambra recorded one each.

“Till date, 8,733 cases have been confirmed, 2,501 cases have been discharged and 254 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” the tweet read.

Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case in late February when an Italian who flew into the country from Milan tested positive for the disease.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase, the NCDC has warned older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer, to observe all the necessary precautionary measures as they are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19. It also advised Nigerians to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask especially around vulnerable groups and ensure proper hand hygiene.

The agency said it is also working very hard to support states in setting up treatment centres and training health workers to manage COVID-19 patients to recovery.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has announced that Nigerians who test positive to COVID-19 will not be airlifted home. The new protocol on the airlifting home of Nigerians states that those wishing to return must undergo a Coronavirus test and test negative before being allowed to return.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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