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COVID-19: Cases now 166, 285 as Nigeria records 31 fresh infections


The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control says the number of active COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased to 7,657, with 31 confirmed additional cases.

The NCDC made this known via its website on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the country’s active cases went up from 7,637 on Friday.

The public health agency noted that the new figure of 31 raised the total number of infections in the country to 166,285.

It said that the new COVID-19 infections were registered in five states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The country count of new COVID-19 daily cases dropped below 50, with the 31 new confirmed cases.

“Saturday’s case count is lower than Friday’s case count which saw 63 new infections.

“Fifteen cases were recorded in Lagos, 5 in Gombe, 4 in Akwa-Ibom, 3 in FCT and 2 cases each in Kaduna and Kwara state.

”There were no cases in Bauchi, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto States,” it stated.

NCDC said that the death toll in the country still stands at 2,071, as no death related to the disease was recorded.

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It said that 156,557 people had recovered from COVID-19, adding that the figure is about 94.15 per cent of known cases.

NCDC added that resolved cases increased by 11 in the past 24 hours, adding that there were more new cases than resolved cases on Saturday.

It said that the country had also conducted over two million tests since the first case was announced on Feb. 27, 2020.

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

NAN recalls that the agency had published the Nigerian COVID-19 Situation Report for Epi Week 18.

It reports that the weekly COVID-19 situation reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation, datasheet and response activities in Nigeria.

The situation reports showed that in Week 20, the number of new confirmed cases increased to 310 from 290 reported in week 19, adding that these were reported in 15 states and FCT.

It showed that the number of discharged cases decreased to 63 from 116 in week 19, reported in 11 states and the FCT, while the number of reported death in the last one week was 1 (Ondo State).

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It indicated that cumulatively, since the outbreak began in Week 9, 2020, there have been 166,019 cases and 2,067 deaths reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.2 per cent.

“The number of in-bound international travellers at Nigerian airports was 15,755 compared with 15,669 in Week 19.

”The number of in-bound international travellers test was 2,747 of which 23 were positive compared to 18 from week 19.

”Also, the number of out-bound international travellers test was 3,833 of which 25 were positive compared to 24 from week 19,” the situation reports indicated.