Nigeria Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases climbed to 38,344 with 543 new infections on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) also said via its official Twitter handle that eight Nigerians died from COVID-19 complications as at Wednesday.
Out of the 38,344 confirmed cases, 15,815 patients have been treated and discharged while the number of deaths rose to 813.
The NDDC said Nigeria’s COVID-19 recovery rate recorded a slight decrease on Wednesday, compared to previous figures over the past week.
”Between June 22 and July 22, the number of confirmed cases increased by more than 50 per cent, from 20,919 to a total of 38,344 infections, while the death toll has risen from 525 to 813 fatalities.
”However, within the same one-month period, the recovery rate has more than doubled, moving from 7,109 to 15,815 patients discharged across the country,” the NCDC said.
The health agency announced that out of the 543 new cases of COVID-19 reported from 14 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 180 cases, followed by FCT with 86.
The NCDC figures showed that Kaduna recorded 56, Edo, 47, Ondo, 37, Kwara, 35, Ogun, 19, Rivers, 19, Kano, 17, Ebonyi, 16, Enugu, 16, Delta, 7, Bayelsa, 4, Bauchi, 3 and Abia, 1.
The health agency explained that a multi-sectoral National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities in the country.
The NCDC alerted Nigerians that a sudden loss of taste and smell with fever, headache or runny nose may be COVID-19 and not malaria.
“Do not ignore these symptoms. Call your State Hotline to arrange for a COVID-19 test immediately. Hand Washing remains one of the most basic and effective means to prevent the spread of infections, including Meningitis. It is very important to wash your hands regularly with soap under running water,” it said.