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Nigeria conducts 388,346 COVID-19 sample tests with 53,021 confirmed cases, records lowest daily new infections in 3 months with 221

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the lowest number of new infections of Coronavirus (COVID-19) recorded in the country in about three months with 221 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 53,021.

The NCDC said via its official Twitter handle that the national death toll rose to 1,010.

In August 4, Nigeria  reported 288 COVID-19 new cases. One week later, 290 was recorded while another low figure of 252 was recorded on August 25.

Stating that 317 persons were treated and discharged across the country on Wednesday, the NCDC added that this brought the total number of recovered cases 40,281, representing almost 76 per cent of the 53,021 confirmed cases.

Nigeria has 11,730 active cases under treatment while 388,346 sample tests have been conducted.

A breakdown of the sample test shows that as at August 25, Lagos conducted 95,843,  FCT – 46,413, Kano – 42,744, Plateau – 23,113 and Oyo, 19,562.

The Nigeria Active Case Fact Sheet as at August 25 are: FCT – 3,548, Lagos – 2,602, Oyo – 1,289, Plateau – 988 and Imo, 326.

The public health agency said that the 221 new infections were reported from 20 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with Plateau State reporting 60, the highest of the day. It was followed by FCT – 33, Kaduna – 26, Rivers – 18, Lagos – 17, Enugu – 9 , Kwara – 9, Ondo – 9, Nasarawa – 6, Gombe – 5, Anambra – 5, Delta – 4, Abia – 4, Imo – 3, Edo – 2, Ogun – 2, Oyo – 2, Osun – 2, Bauchi – 1 and Kano, 1.

NCDC also urged pregnant women and nursing mothers to  protect themselves by reducing the risk of COVID-19 through frequent hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and limiting contact with others.

It stated that  pregnant and nursing mothers might come in contact with infected people with no COVID-19 symptoms.

“It is important to maintain physical distancing and avoid large gatherings because you may not know who may have COVID-19,” it said.

The health agency, however urged Nigerians to take responsibility to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

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