Nigeria has recorded 438 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC), Lagos State, the epicentre of the virus in the country has 123 new infections, Kaduna has 50, while Rivers and Edo have 40 and 37 cases respectively.
Others include Adamawa-25, Oyo-20, Nasarawa-16, Osun-15, Enugu-15, FCT-14, Ekiti-13, Ondo-13, Ebonyi-11, Katsina-10, Abia-9, Delta-8, Kwara-4, Ogun-3, Cross River-3, Kano-3, Bauchi-3, Yobe-2, while Sokoto and Niger have one each.
Confirmed Cases by State
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Nigeria must learn how to live with COVID-19 for one year — NCDC DG
The Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that Nigerians must learn to live with the Covid-19 pandemic for at least one year.
He stated this at the media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in Abuja on Friday, adding that it is a reality hospitals must live with instead of sending patients away.
“This message is for hospitals in the country. We have to live with this disease for at least one year at its very best, so we can’t turn our patients away. Most hospitals have set up holding areas when there is uncertainty about diagnosis and the individual is showing symptoms.
“Every hospital should have a holding area and we have been supporting hospitals.
“We have an IPC team that has been supporting all the tertiary hospitals in Nigeria to set up triage centres. A triage centre is when you come in, you are screened and if your symptoms are similar to those of Covid-19, you are put in a holding area until we can determine the diagnosis.
“The technology that we have for testing, even if it works optimally, cannot provide us a test as quickly as possible.”