Nigeria: Lagos Records 254 New Cases of COVID-19, As Nigeria's Confirmed Cases Near 10,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday recorded 387 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, which increased the number of infections in the country to 9,302- out of which 2,679 cases have been treated and discharged with 261 losing their lives.

NCDC on its official twitter handle said the new cases were spread across 13 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections with 254 cases.

NCDC said that the new cases were reported in Lagos (254), FCT (29), Jigawa (24), Edo (22), Oyo (15), Rivers (14), Kaduna (11), Borno (6), Kano (3), Plateau (2), Yobe (2), Gombe (2), Bauchi (2) and Ondo (1).

The country also recorded two deaths from the virus on Friday.

NCDC had said that while most of those who died were associated with co-morbidities, it found out that three out of four of those who had been discharged were without co-morbidities.

"This is consistent with the fact that risks are higher for those with other illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases.

"There is general reduction in mortality trend and continuous improvement in recoveries as shown in discharges compared to the increase in number of confirmed cases.

"Though not surprising, we are concerned about the increasing number of confirmed cases.

"This is because very high cases could seriously exceed the capacity of our health system to cope.

"Routine cases may also suffer as a result," it stated.

NCDC said that after the COVID-19 test result had been communicated to effected persons, they should continue to adhere to preventive measures and guidelines.

"If you test positive, please do not panic.

"You will be transferred to an isolation centre for your health and that of those around you," it said.

The agency said that majority of COVID-19 patients would show mild symptoms and recover.

"The current national case management protocol is for all cases to be managed by a team of clinicians in an isolation centre to ensure optimal care and to prevent further spread of the disease," it said.

Data from about 58,726 test on the coronavirus pandemic in the country, shows that of the confirmed cases, 68 per cent were males and 32 per cent were females.

The most affected aged groups were between 31 and 40, making up 25 per cent of the total number of confirmed cases.

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