Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ihanire, leading the Nigerian response against COVID-19.
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Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases hit 37,225

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has reached 37, 225.

According to the latest data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) on its official twitter handle on Monday, 562 new cases were reported.

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minster, Geoffrey Onyema, in isolation after exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Photograph: Vanguard News

The NCDC  also confirmed that a total of 15,333 patients had been treated and discharged.

The health agency said that in the last 24 hours, Nigeria had recorded 12 new COVID-19 fatalities, taking the country’s death toll to 801.

According to the NCDC, the new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

The FCT had the highest COVID-19 cases in Nigeria  on Monday with 102.

The health agency said 100 fresh infections were reported in Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos, while Plateau had 52 cases.

Among other states with new cases were Kwara – 50, Abia – 47,  Kaduna – 35,  Benue – 34,  Oyo – 26,  Ebonyi – 24,  Kano – 16, Niger – 15,  Anambra – 14 and Gombe – 12.

Others, it said, were   Edo – 11, Rivers – 6,  Nasarawa – 5,  Delta – 5,  Borno – 3,  Enugu – 2,  Bauchi – 2 and  Kebbi – 1.

According to NCDC, Lagos has the highest COVID-19 cases in Nigeria with 13,538 and followed by the FCT with 3, 129 infections as of Monday.

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Meanwhile,  NCDC has said bringing down face mask to the chin could result in contamination.

“Always use your masks properly or remove completely when necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” it said.

The health agency also said that inspite  of the ease of interstate travel restrictions, it was critical for Nigerians to adhere to preventive measures .

It urged Nigerians to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as protect the vulnerable and older population.

“COVID-19 spreads easily even by those showing no symptoms.

“If you are showing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, self-isolate and call your state hotline to get tested.

“Take responsibility to prevent the spread, protect your loved ones and those around you,” it said. (NAN)

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