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With 379,542 sample tests, 52,548 confirmed cases, Nigeria touts 74.70 per cent recovery rate from COVID-19

NCDC announces 321 new infections for Monday

Nigeria recorded 321 new infections of Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 52,548.

This is just as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which announced the new figures via its official Twitter handle, touted the recovery rate of Nigerians from the virus, saying that the nation’s recovery figure now stands at 39,257, representing over 74.70 per cent of total confirmed cases.

In the same vein, 12,287 cases are still active and are being treated as of Monday while died, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 1,004.

The health agency has so far conducted 379,542 sample tests across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The 321 new infections reported from 23 States and the FCT, shows that Lagos is still topping the chart with 98, FCT – 34, Kaduna – 30, Nasarawa – 25, Benue – 21, Plateau – 17, Rivers – 15, Adamawa – 11, Ogun – 11, Enugu – 9, Edo – 8, Delta – 7, Ekiti – 7, Gombe – 5, Ebonyi – 4, Bayelsa – 3, Kano – 3, Ondo – 3, Cross River – 2, Imo – 2, Kebbi – 2, Niger – 2, Abia – 1 and Bauchi – 1.

But the NCDC lamented that the disregard for COVID-19 preventive measures puts Nigerians and everyone around them at risk of getting infected.

According to the health agency, “there are many knowable parameters in the equation of COVID-19, your health, the prevalence of cases where you live, the safety precautions being taken any place you want to visit. But the final answer may depend on our individual risk tolerance for exposure to infectious disease.

“The action you take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 where you are, protect the vulnerable. The key is that ignoring public health guidance is not about individual freedom, the harm is to the entire nation. I am all about individual right but harm is not sequestered to those fueling spread. We will all suffer in so many ways.”

The NCDC said that Nigerians needed to also think about the new normal, business needed to change, so does school, different types of ventilation, masks, distance and common sense.

It said that the new normal may last a decade if Nigerians were not wise.

”We are seeing the cost of pretending the virus is not what it is. The tragedy is that there is a playbook that can reduce the number of cases and deaths right now the national programme to test, trace and isolate people who are infected. Increasing evidence shows that this coronavirus can be beaten back if everyone follows simple rules while in public, wearing mask, staying at least six feet away from others and avoiding indoor crowds,” it said.

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