COVID-19: Nigeria’s active cases surpass 15,000, as 304 cases confirmed – NCDC

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reports that the number of active COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has heightened to 15,200, with 304 new cases confirmed in 12 states and the FCT on Aug. 20.

“Rivers (154), Ekiti (33), Edo (20) FCT (18), Oyo (17), Cross River (15), Delta (15), Akwa Ibom (13), Ogun (11), Bayelsa (4), Sokoto (2), Gombe and Nasarawa reported (1) each respectively, made up the list of states that registered the new cases” NCDC published.

The NCDC made this known on its website on Saturday morning, reporting that the number of confirmed cases in the country increased to 185, 571 with 168,124 recoveries.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), reports that the additional number of known active cases in the country is an upswing from 15,100 reported on Thursday.

The Public Health Agency, did not clarify if majority of the infections were from the contagious Delta variant.

On Aug. 2, NCDC reported that 32 Delta variant cases of COVID-19 were recognized in five states, Lagos, Rivers, Akwa- Ibom, Oyo and the FCT, where at least one case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 had been confirmed with Akwa Ibom state alone registering 19 cases.

”The trajectory of the active cases in Nigeria is “steep” and “worrying”. There has been a very steep rise in the country’s active cases in the last one month”, the NCDC said.

Also, the latest data indicated that three more COVID-19 patients died from the infections, heightening the nation’s death toll from the pandemic to 2,247.

NCDC says that over 2.6 million samples of the virus out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population were tested, with an average test positivity rate of six percent, although not everyone infected with COVID-19 exhibited any symptoms.

It further noted that the multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

However, the public health agency advised Nigerians to keep on maintaining a high index of suspicion for COVID-19 and follow all preventive regulations, by wearing a face mask appropriately in public places, while retaining a physical distance of 2 metres.

It also suggested home-based care to be provided to COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms only at the recommendation of a trained and designated health workers.

“Patients and caregivers should adhere strictly to the home-based isolation criteria and other infection prevention and control measures,” the NCDC advised.

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