Nigeria's COVID-19 cases jump to 6,401 as 226 new infections confirmed

Posted by News Express | 20 May 2020 | 1,603 times

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Nigeria has recorded 226 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 6,401.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this late on Tuesday.

According to the agency, of the 226 new cases, 131 are in Lagos, 25 are in Ogun, while 15 are in Plateau state.

Other states that have recorded new cases include Edo with 11 cases, Kaduna with seven, Oyo with six, the FCT and Adamawa with five each, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Borno with four each, Nasarawa with three cases, Bauchi and Gombe with two each and one each in Enugu and Bayelsa states.

A total of 1,734 persons have, however, recovered from the virus while the death toll now stands at 192.

Meanwhile, Lagos has remained the epicenter of the virus with a total of 2,755 cases and closely followed by Kano and the FCT with 842 and 427 cases respectively.

Although the number of cases continues to rise with community transmissions, Lagos State, in particular, has recorded some wins in the fight against the pandemic.

So far, a total of 623 patients have been discharged from isolation centers across the state. On Tuesday alone, nine persons were discharged.

In addition to the recoveries and discharges, some pregnant patients have also successfully given birth to their babies.

On Tuesday, one of the COVID-19 patients gave birth to a set of twins at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), bringing the total number of births by COVID-19 patients in the hospital to four.

Last Saturday, another patient also successfully gave birth at the Gbagada Isolation Center – a feat which the government says is another validation of its position to stamp out coronavirus from the state.

As health experts across the country continue to seek solutions to the virus, the Federal Government has said that it would not lift the lockdown measures that had been imposed two weeks ago.

Instead, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced that the gradual easing of the lockdown would be extended by two weeks, maintaining restrictions such as the closure of schools, airports and religious centres.

“The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority,” Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha said during a briefing on Monday in Abuja.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace. Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.” (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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