Pedestrians walk past a sign telling residents to call phone numbers if they have symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in Lagos, Nigeria, May 12, 2020.
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COVID-19: Nigeria hits 68,937 cases as 310 new infections reported

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The total confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country jumped to 68,937 on Saturday as Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC ), reported  310 new Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) cases in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC made this known via its verified website.

A woman opens her mouth for the heath worker to collect a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19 at Lenasia South, south Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The country has conducted about 791,539 tests since the first COVID-19 case was announced in February. 

According to it, the number of deaths rose from 1,179 to 1,180 with one addition.

The public health agency stated that the FCT took the lead with 128 new infections, followed by Lagos with 86, while Kaduna and Kastina recorded 26 and 20 infections respectively. 

Other recorded cases were as follows: Rivers, 19, Oyo, seven, Benue, Edo, Jigawa and Ogun, five each, while Bayelsa and Kano had two cases each.

The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

The health agency reminded Nigerians that the fight against COVID-19 required a collective effort from all.

“Everyone has a role to play to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We must all remember that we can come in contact with infected people with no symptoms.

“Protect others as they take responsibility to protect you. Wear a face mask. Observe physical distancing. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water,” it advised.

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The NCDC said that it was committed to building functional structures that would strengthen the fight to rid Nigeria of the pandemic.

“This pandemic has challenged us greatly; it has also provided us clarity on what we need to do to secure our future. History will not judge us kindly if we fail to act,” it said. (NAN)

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