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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 1,588 fresh cases.

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The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,588 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 139,242.

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The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Saturday.

Noble Reporters Media reports that since the pandemic emerged in the country, number of tests conducted has increased while testing and reporting techniques have improved, leading to a rise in reported cases.

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However, the number of diagnosed cases is only a part of the real total number of infections as a significant number of less serious or asymptomatic cases always remain undetected.

NCDC said that the country had so far tested 1,302,410 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020.

The public health agency also registered additional six coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,647 in the country.

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It said that the new infections were reported from 20 states, and Lagos, the country’s epicentre for the disease outbreak, leading the pack with 535.

Other states with new cases were, Anambra 218, Oyo 155, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) 150, Kano 124, Gombe 60, Kaduna 49, Ebonyi 48, Plateau 46, Akwa Ibom 39, Niger 37, Edo 33, Katsina 23, Rivers 18, Taraba 15, Nasarawa 14, Ogun 11, Delta 10, Ekiti 2 and Jigawa 2.

The health agency also disclosed that 918 people were successfully treated and had been discharged from various isolation center across the country, bringing the total number of recoveries to 112,557 in 36 states and the FCT.

It added that those discharged on Saturday included 498 community recoveries in Lagos State, 64 in Kano State and 54 in Plateau State, managed in line with its guidelines.

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The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

NoRM reports that as a result of corrections by the NCDC or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours might not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 1,340 cases; 14 new deaths.

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As COVID-19 cases increases everyday and death toll rises gently, total cases in Nigeria hits 136,030.

Nigeria reports 1,244 fresh COVID-19 cases as total death hit 1,632 and total recovery hit 110,449.

FCT, Lagos and Rivers records highest cases of 320, 275 and 117 respectively while Sokoto reports lowest case(s) of
3.

New cases of 1,340 were reported from 22 Nigerian states and the whole 36 states in Nigeria has part in above total cases.

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1340 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-320
Lagos-275
Rivers-117
Oyo-100
Akwa Ibom-57
Ogun-51
Ebonyi-48
Benue-44
Adamawa-42
Imo-38
Kwara-35
Gombe-32
Kaduna-31
Edo-29
Osun-29
Kano-24
Ekiti-15
Katsina-14
Delta-13
Nasarawa-13
Jigawa-10
Sokoto-3

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Panic in camps as NYSC resident officer dies of COVID-19.

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Another top officer of the service, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said staff of the NYSC in other camps, who had learnt about the development had started panicking.

Panic has erupted among the staff of National Youth Service Corps in the permanent orientation camp in Kano after one of the resident officers died of COVID-19.

Reports as it that the top official was transfferred to the permanent orientation camp in Kano few days ago where he develop symptoms of contracting the Novel virus before his death on Tuesday.

Confirming the cause of the officers death, a top officer of the NYSC told newsmen that the deceased officer was tested by doctors and officials of Nigeria Centre For Disease Control who confirmed that he died of COVID-19.

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The source said; “The resident officer, who was posted from the NYSC National Headquarters in Abuja to Kano State NYSC permanent orientation camp died early this (Tuesday) morning as a result of COVID-19.

“But very unfortunately, the NYSC management and the NCDC are trying to hide the case. The officer and representative of the DG was tested by the doctors and the NCDC who confirmed that the officer died as a result of COVID-19 in the camp. Right now, multiple numbers of the NCDC staff are in the camp.”

Another top officer of the service, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said staff of the NYSC in other camps, who had learnt about the development had started panicking.

Giving more insight into the officer’s death, Mgbemena said, “Indeed, NYSC lost an officer. In keeping with COVID – 19 protocols, everyone, including the DG, must subject themselves to COVID-19 test. Only those that test negative are allowed into the camps.

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“The officer in question was suspected of COVID-19. Accordingly, the NCDC took over the case. Sadly, he succumbed to the cold hands of death in the course of treatment. It is imperative to state that he did not step into the camp, neither did he die there too. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

“Everybody in the camp, including resource persons, camp market operators were tested for COVID – 19. There’s no COVID-19 positive person in the 37 camps of the NYSC nationwide.”

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COVID-19: Nigeria not experiencing ‘a spike’ – NCDC

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Ihekweazu said that the announcement of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines against the COVID-19 gave Nigeria a significant “ray of hope”.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that Nigeria is not experiencing a spike in COVID-19 infections.

The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja while giving an update on the disease in the country.

“For over two months we fought between a hundred to two hundred cases a day… but we really haven’t seen a spike in our national data.

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“There has been a recent increase in a few cases in Lagos, mostly among the younger people, younger populations, and we are monitoring that very closely,” Ihekweazu explained.

According to him, NCDC has worked very hard to contain the spread of the virus.

“If you look at our testing numbers, yes they have not gone up as high as we would have loved to, but apart from a small decrease during the peak of the demonstrations a few weeks ago, we have managed to maintain our testing numbers of about 30,000 tests per week.

“So generally, I would still say, we need to be cautious and continue with the preventive measures but we have not seen a spike in the country, “ he stated.

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He, however, pointed out that many processes needed to be carried out on the two vaccines before they could be used.

The NCDC boss said that the centre was also working to make sure that Nigerians fully understood the value of the vaccines.

Meanwhile, Ihekweazu said that there was no case of COVID-19 outbreak in the various orientation camps of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He explained that two cases were detected before the infected corps members got into the NYSC camp.


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 103 cases; total infections nears 60,000.

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Rivers, Lagos and FCT reports highest cases of 21, 39 and 19 respectively.

Nigeria reports 103 new cases as total death toll increases by one.

The Nation has suffered over 59,000 total infections in past months as persons recoveries speedens lately. Noble Reporters Media reports

New cases of 103 was reported from 13 Nigerian States as all States has participated in 59,841 total infections.

Kano and Imo States are tied with 2 cases each while Benue, Edo, Nasarawa and Plateau reported the lowest cases of 1 each as total death toll hit 1,113.

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103 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-39
Rivers-21
FCT-19
Oyo-6
Kaduna-4
Bauchi-3
Ogun-3
Imo-2
Kano-2
Benue-1
Edo-1
Nasarawa-1
Plateau-1

59,841 confirmed
51,551 discharged
1,113 deaths


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COVID-19: NCDC admit 155 new cases as Nigeria reports zero death in 4 days.

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Nigeria reports 155 new cases as total death toll increases by none.

The Nation has suffered over 59,000 total infections in past months as persons recoveries speedens lately. Noble Reporters Media reports

New cases of 155 was reported from 8 Nigerian States as all States has participated in 59,738 total infections.

Rivers, Lagos and Kaduna States reports highest cases of 31, 84 and 12 respectively.

No States were tied with any cases while Kwara reported the lowest cases of 2 as total death toll hit 1,113.

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155 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-84
Rivers-31
Kaduna-12
Osun-10
FCT-7
Oyo-6
Ogun-3
Kwara-2

59,738 confirmed
51,403 discharged
1,113 deaths


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COVID-19: NCDC records 97 cases in Nigeria: death toll hits 1,098

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Nigeria disease centre, NCDC reports 97 cases of COVID-19. Total deaths toll hit 1,098.

Noble Reporters Media knows that Lagos records 46 highest cases follows by Kwara State – 12 and Rivers with 11 cases.

The new cases of 97 was reported by 12 Nigerian States. NRM reports

Ekiti, Imo and Kaduna State ties with 3 cases each as Plateau state reports 2 cases and Federal Capital Territory for the first time reports least cases of 1.

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97 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-46
Kwara-12
Rivers-11
Adamawa-4
Niger-4
Ogun-4
Osun-4
Ekiti-3
Imo-3
Kaduna-3
Plateau-2
FCT-1

57,242 confirmed
48,569 discharged
1,098 deaths


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COVID-19: Our 61 laboratories offers free test – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has insisted that coronavirus (COVID-19) tests conducted within its molecular laboratories across the country are free.

It stated this on Sunday via its verified Twitter handle.

According to the agency, the scale-up of testing is key in assessing the nation’s COVID-19 situation and coordinating response across the country.

The 61 NCDC facilities are located in 30 states across the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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Some of them include the State Specialist Hospital, Amachara in Abia State; Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa; Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Akwa Ibom; and Virology Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, among others.

NCDC’s tweet came amid the controversy over the COVID-19 tests to be conducted for SS3 students preparing for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ogun State.

Ahead of the resumption of revision classes for the students, the state government had asked them to take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria.

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While the government said it would be responsible for the cost for students in public schools, it asked parents/ owners of private schools to do the same for their students.

This led to a protest in Abeokuta, the state capital by some parents of private school students over the purported payment of N25,000 for the test.

In its reaction, the government said it has decided to further assist the private schools by negotiating “a huge discount” in the cost of the COVID-19 test with some healthcare service providers.

It, however, advised private school owners and parents to engage any other service provider of their choice as long as they were certified by the NCDC as COVID-19 Test service providers.


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COVID-19: NCDC reveal only state in Nigeria yet to report death

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Despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria with 883 deaths, Taraba is the only state in the country yet to record a single fatality from the virus.

Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as of Saturday, August 1st, 2020, indicated that the West Africa country’s COVID-19 infections now stand at 43, 537 with 20,087 recoveries.

Taraba, so far, have 54 cases of the virus, out of which 11 have been discharged, 43 persons on admission but no death reported.

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The FCT is one of Nigeria’s COVID-19 hotbeds. Designer: Channels TV/Benjamin Oluwatoyin.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos has reported 192 deaths from 15,043 cases, the highest number of fatality in the country.

All Clear?
On May 17th, Taraba state discharged all 17 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) receiving treatment after they tested negative twice.

Governor Darius Ishaku confirmed this to reporters when he inspected a 100-bed space capacity isolation centre at the NYSC orientation camp in Sibre in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

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No Testing Centre
The governor had also lamented the lack of a COVID-19 testing centre in the state, calling on the Federal Government to set up at least one testing centre in the area.

Although a lockdown was imposed on the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the government suspended the restriction of movement for residents for the Local Government Council elections held on June 30.

Return To Class
On Thursday and in line with the Federal Government’s directive, the Taraba government asked graduating students in secondary schools in the state to resume on August 4.

It explained that this was to enable the students revise for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).


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COVID-19: Case of Malaria? – ‘No’

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#COVID19 is not malaria
If you have COUGH or FEVER & 1 of these symptoms:

Loss of taste/smell
Difficulty breathing
Diarrhea
Catarrh
Fatigue
Shivering
Body pain
Headache
Sore throat

Call your state hotline:https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/contact/ #TakeResponsibility


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COVID-19: Ways to be safe!

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Observing physical distance helps:

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Reduce the spread of #COVID19 to others if you are already infected

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Avoid contact with droplets when an infected person sneezes/coughs#TakeResponsibility

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Wear a face mask

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Observe physical distancing

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Wash your hands frequently


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COVID-19: Testing scale-up, essential

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Scale-up of testing is key in assessing the #COVID19Nigeria situation and coordinating response across the country

This week the #NCDCTeam is supporting @KNSMOH to strengthen #COVID19 community sample collection in the state

Community case definition https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/Community_Case_Definition_PDF.pdf …


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NCDC: We can’t rule out Airbone transmission

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says there are possibilities that coronavirus (COVID-19) can be transmitted through the air.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, attributed it to new evidence.

According to him, the disease is believed to only be transmittable through droplets that emanate from the nose and the mouth and fall to the ground.

The NCDC boss said, “Over the past few weeks, increasing evidence has emerged that in addition to droplet infections; we cannot rule out that airborne transmission is also possible as a mode of transmission of COVID-19.

“Understanding the modes of transmission of any new virus is very critical for defining response strategies. For COVID-19, from the very beginning, our understanding based on other coronaviruses that spread was primarily through droplets.”

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Ihekweazu added, “Droplets are excretions from the respiratory tracts that can’t stay on in the air; they ultimately fall to the ground after a few minutes.

A file photo of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus.

“However, as we have studied transmission, studied clusters of these infections, we saw increasing evidence from clusters of infections where droplet transmission did not seem to be enough to explain the clusters that we are seeing.

“Diseases that are commonly understood to be spread by what we call airborne infection are things like measles and influenza; that can be suspended in the air and transmit over longer distances.”

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The NCDC boss noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also updated its guidelines with the same position on the mode of COVID-19 transmission.

He, therefore, called on Nigerians to act in a precautionary way and assume that the virus could be transmitted through the air.

Ihekweazu also advised against indoor activities and stressed the need to re-emphasise safety protocols against COVID-19.

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On Sunday night, Nigeria reported 571 new cases of COVID-19 from 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC confirmed that a total of 343 more patients were successfully treated and discharged from various isolation centres in the country.

NCDC-Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the possibility of airborne as a mode of transmission of COVID-19 cannot be ruled out.

Since the outbreak of the disease in the country in late February, Nigeria has confirmed 32,558 positive cases of COVID-19 with 13,447 discharged and 740 others dead.


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COVID-19: 566 fresh COVID-19 cases as total infections run over 25,000

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Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control records 566 fresh cases of COVID-19 as total infections hit 25,133 with recoveries of 9,402 and deaths rate of 573.

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566 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-166
Oyo-66
Delta-53
Ebonyi-43
Plateau-34
Ondo-32
FCT-26
Ogun-25
Edo-24
Imo-15
Bayelsa-13
Benue-12
Gombe-11
Kano-11
Kaduna-11
Osun-8
Nasarawa-7
Borno-5
Katsina-2
Anambra-2

25,133 confirmed
9,402 discharged
573 deaths


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COVID-19: NCDC issue warning against use of Face Shield

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that there is no evidence that putting on face shields alone can protect one against coronavirus.

The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this during an interview on Wednesday in Abuja.

The warning follows the new trend of Nigerians wearing face shields in public settings.

The NCDC boss said there is evidence that a face shield might reduce exposure in healthcare workers but not meant to function alone as protection.

“Presently there is no evidence on the effectiveness of face shields for community use by the public.

“Face shields are most important in healthcare settings to protect healthcare workers during processes such as intubation.

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“We do not have evidence at the moment that using face shields outside healthcare settings can protect members of the community.

He warned that the use of face shields should not be promoted until there is sufficient evidence.

“Face shields are used in combination with face masks by health workers. However, this is not for members of the public to use.

“A recent meta-analysis published in the Lancet scientific journal of 172 observational studies done across 16 countries and six continents, proved that wearing a face mask protects everyone against COVID-19 and that eye protection could confer additional benefit for health workers only.”


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COVID-19: Ayade, Cross Rivers counters NCDC over cases

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The Chairman of the COVID-19 Taskforce in Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu, has insisted that there is no COVID-19 case recorded in the state.

The NCDC’s Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu on Monday said that no state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free.

Ihekweazu said that a state can only talk about being coronavirus free when it is testing adequately.

But, Edu during a press briefing with journalists in Calabar said that the state does not have any case, but advised residents to take all safety measures serious to safeguard their lives against the virus.

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“While we do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state, everyone must play their part in keeping safe.

“Remember that soon, the entire country will be opened and people from states considered as the epicentres will come into the state and go out at will, so, we must imbibe the right culture on time,” she said

She added that Nigeria is at the peak of the pandemic, “therefore now is not the time to relax and lose guard.

“Sometimes, we see people in joints hanging out with friends, attending burials, parties, going to places of worship where safety is ignored on the grounds of religion when asked, they say there is no coronavirus in Cross River.

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“This wrong mindset that must be trashed immediately, even when Nigeria had just five confirmed cases measures were spelt out and followed. If anything, the situation has gone worse.”

She said that every resident of Cross River should be responsible for their safety and those of others around them.

The chairman further warned members of the public to avoid public gatherings, use their mask and hand sanitiser always.

Edu also advised residents to report any suspected case to the COVID -19 Taskforce in the State.


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COVID-19: All 36 states not free – NCDC says

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says no state in the country is free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The comment comes even as the NCDC is yet to officially report a case in Cross River state, as of Monday afternoon.

Mr. Ihekweazu was responding to a question about states who were discharging patients and declaring themselves COVID-19 free.

“No state, no single state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free, not one,” Mr. Ihekweazu said. “No country in the world is COVID-19 free. Even New Zealand, that is an island state is still having new cases after a period of not having any.”

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He continued: “We can’t separate ourselves from the rest of the country. We live in a context, viruses spread, it’s the nature of them, so right now no state is COVID-19 free. That’s why we have to keep doing this work that we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it.”

Don’t Be Afraid Of Testing
The PTF also asked Nigerians, on Monday, not to be scared of undergoing COVID-19 tests.

According to PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, it is important for Nigerians to carry out the tests to ascertain their COVID-19 status, especially since the virus is not a death sentence.

“I, therefore, urge Nigerians to make use of these facilities and get tested. Similarly, I implore us not to be afraid of undertaking the COVID-19 test.

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“Testing positive for COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but failure to test, especially when symptoms are evident could result in death as it may be too late once the symptoms become full-blown.

“The loss of any Nigerian is not only painful but most avoidable provided we seek help early,” the SGF said.

Mustapha also reacted to the arrest of two foreigners by the Nigeria Immigration Service, noting that the PTF is aware of the possibility of illegal entry into the country.

While commending officials of the service for their prompt response, Mustapha explained that the feat was achieved following their vigilance on the nation’s borders.

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“The PTF is also not unmindful of the possibility of imports, especially through our land borders. For this reason, our men and women of the Nigerian Immigration Service remain vigilant and this has resulted in the apprehension of two foreigners who tried to enter the country illegally over the weekend. This commendable effort is appreciated,” he said.

Not Taking Responsibility
The PTF, at the Monday briefing, also decried the lack of public adherence to government measures designed to halt the coronavirus pandemic.

National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said, based on observations from a national sensitization program, many Nigerians are “letting down their guard.”

Dr. Aliyu noted that despite the increase in cases and the likelihood of contracting the virus, many Nigerians were paying less and less attention to health guidelines.

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He added that the PTF will continue to collaborate with security agencies and state governments to ensure the guidelines are obeyed while enjoining citizens to play their part.

“Some of the observations that have arisen from these activities (the national sensitisation program) include the fact that Nigerians have continued to show persistent and remarkable lack of compliance to COVID-19 prevention protocols, which is quite worrying,” Dr. Aliyu said.

“In the cities where adherence to these protocols was high in the first two weeks of the ease of lockdown, progressively, over time, citizens are letting down their guard and this remains a great concern.

“There is partial to total noncompliance with facemasks and physical distancing protocols by the public. Many Nigerians only use face masks to avoid security agents, where enforcement exists or where they are told to do so.

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“There is also significant disbelief in the danger and impact of COVID-19. In parts of the south-east where we did a recent survey, 60 per cent did not believe that Covid was an issue at all. We clearly are not taking the pandemic seriously enough.

“There are also many myths that also continue to exist within the social media platforms, ranging from conspiracy theories to get-rich-quick to claims of treatment of herbal concoctions, all of which appear to be putting our sensitisation efforts at risk.”

Dr. Aliyu continued: “Now, you are more likely to contract COVID now if you go out and don’t observe the strict measures that we recommend far more than when this problem started three months ago, simply because of the numbers we are currently having.”

He also lauded state governments who have been diligent in reporting positive cases, noting that “there is no shame in having positive results in your state. If we do not know the true state of the pandemic in your state, you are putting the lives of your citizens on the line.”


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NCDC sued over failure to account for COVID-19 money

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), over “their failure to account for the public funds and other resources so far spent and used to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/616/2020 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is seeking: “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to direct and compel the Minister of Health and the NCDC to publish details of the funds and resources from federal and state governments, and the private sector, as well as details of how the funds and resources have so far been spent and used to combat COVID-19.”

SERAP is also seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the Federal Government to disclose information on the exact number of tests that have been carried out for high-ranking public officials and politicians, the number of any such high-ranking public officials and politicians now in self-isolation or quarantine, as well as the exact number of tests that have been carried out for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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SERAP is arguing that:

“Transparency in the use of COVID-19 money would help to reduce the risk of corruption or opportunism, build trust and engage Nigerians in the fight against coronavirus as well as safe lives. Transparency and accountability are important to implementing an effective response to COVID-19 and slowing the spread of the virus in the country.”

According to SERAP:

“Nigerians have the right to know the details of spending of COVID-19 money, as this is essential to the fight against corruption, and will foster the development of democratic institutions and the rule of law in Nigeria.”


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COVID-19: No results from local herbal trials yet – Osagie

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The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that the ongoing trials with indigenous herbs for COVID-19, have not yielded any results yet.

He said this on Friday, during a special Democracy Day programme on Channels Television, while responding to questions about Nigeria’s current efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

The minister made mention of the samples of the traditional remedies which Nigeria recently received from Madagascar.

According to him, they have been given to research centers and “the Nigeria Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, the Institute of Medical Research in Yaba, and also the organs of the Ministry of Science and Technology are looking into these herbal remedies.”

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“The indigenous herbs that have also been developed for trial have also not yet yielded the results,” he added.

The health minister also noted that Nigeria will continue to work with the World Health Organisation to develop possible solutions to the virus.

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“As far as the other medicines are concerned, we are working with the World Health Organisation solidarity trial, to see what medicines may work.

“We have tried Chloroquine, we are trying Hydroxychloroquine and some other combinations including anti-retroviral drugs which are believed to have the potential to halt the growth of the virus.

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“Some of them are said to work invitro (outside the body) but it is not yet confirmed that they also work inside the body (invivo).

“The tests are still going on and we do not have any conclusive reports at yet,” Ehanire said.


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COVID-19: Total cases near 11,000 as NCDC record 241 fresh infections in Nigeria.


On the 2nd of June 2020, 241 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 10819 cases have been confirmed, 3239 cases have been discharged and 314 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 241 new cases are reported from 14 states – Lagos(142), Oyo(15), FCT(13), Kano(12), Edo(11), Delta(10), Kaduna(9), Rivers(9), Borno(8),Jigawa(4), Gombe(3), Plateau(3), Osun(1), Bauchi(1)


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COVID-19: Viability period in patients – NCDC


The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said on Wednesday the longest viability period of the COVID-19 in a patient was 10 days.

Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing in Abuja, said the agency’s strategy on managing COVID-19 patients was guided by the latest local and international scientific evidence.

He added that the NCDC would evaluate if the latest evidence could be incorporated into its patient clinical management plan.

Ihekweazu said the NCDC would release new case management guidelines for COVID-19 to review criteria for admission and discharge of patients.

He noted that the move would help in managing challenges faced in isolation centres across the country, particularly with the shortage of bed space.

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The NCDC chief said: “We are now relooking our practice in terms of discharge criteria, and even who to keep in hospital, and who can stay at home and for how long.

“Right now, the entire case management team which includes our colleagues at the Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC and few clinicians are reviewing our case management guidelines to redefine our approach around admission in terms of who is admitted and duration of admission and when to discharge.”


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COVID-19: Don’t Reveal Drugs Used To Treat You – Govt Warn Patients. [Nigeria]


The Nigerian Government has warned COVID-19 patients not to reveal the name of the drugs which were administered on them towards recovery.

This was stated by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary General to the Federation, while speaking at the press briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

His words come amid claims by prominent Nigerians that they recovered from the virus after malaria drugs were administered on them.

Concise News learnt that such claim was made by AIT boss, Raymond Dokpesi, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and former presidential aide Doyin Okupe.

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“The PTF congratulates and appreciates the testimonies of Nigerians who have recovered from COVID-19, which has given us more insights and further strengthens the need to adhere strictly to guidelines issued.

“However, an emerging issue from all these testimonies is the issue of prescription for treatments. We should always remember that the symptoms of COVID-19 mimic some illnesses we already know but treating the symptoms is not the same as treating the virus. For this reason, we strongly discourage self-medication,” Mustapha said.


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COVID-19: 146 Fresh Infections As Total Cases Exceed 4,700 In Nigeria.

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Exactly 4,787 total COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) record 146 fresh infections.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet late Tuesday confirmed the new cases.

Of the 146 cases, the health agency said 57 were from Lagos, 27 from Kano, 10 in Kwara, nine in Edo, eight in Bauchi, seven in Yobe, and four each in Kebbi and Oyo states.

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Other states with new cases include Katsina and Niger, each with three cases, the quartet of Plateau, Borno, Sokoto, and Benue, with two cases each; posting one case each were Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ogun, FCT, and Rivers states.

While the coronavirus has no definite cure yet, the number of successfully managed cases in the country rose to 959, the NCDC said. However, eight more deaths were recorded, putting the virus’s total toll at 158.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 assured Nigerians that the possible cure being procured from Madagascar would undergo the necessary checks to ensure its efficacy and safety for human consumption.

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The capacity of the country’s health facilities was also boosted with the launch of the THISDAY Dome in Abuja on Tuesday.

The facility is expected to add at least 300 beds to assist in the nation’s fight against the virus.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 289,138 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Tuesday.

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At least 4,226,110 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 195 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,444,700 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

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Over the past 24 hours, 5,184 deaths and 77,733 new cases have been recorded. The United States registered the highest number (1,756) ahead of Britain (627) and Brazil (396).

The United States has the highest number of total deaths with 81,650 from 1,358,000 cases. At least 232,733 have been declared recovered.

Britain has the second-highest toll with 32,692 deaths from 226,463 cases. Figures compiled by British regional health agencies put the number of fatalities at over 36,000. But these include cases where COVID-19 is only suspected to be the cause, in addition to people who tested positive.

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It is followed by Italy with 30,911 deaths and 221,216 cases, France with 26,991 fatalities and 178,225 infections and Spain with 26,920 deaths and 228,030 cases.

Among the most-affected countries, Belgium has the most deaths as a proportion of its population (76 deaths per 100,000), followed by Spain (58), Italy (51), Britain (48) and France (41).

China — excluding Hong Kong and Macau — has to date declared 4,633 deaths and 82,919 cases. It has 78,171 recovered cases.

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Europe has a total of 159,204 deaths from 1,780,796 cases, the United States and Canada have 86,890 deaths and 1,429,099 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean have 21,829 deaths and 390,461 cases, Asia has 10,977 deaths and 309,825 cases, the Middle East has 7,737 deaths and 239,266 cases, Africa has 2,376 deaths from 68,364 cases, and Oceania 125 deaths from 8,302 cases.

Corrections by national authorities or late publication of data mean the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.


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