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NCDC announces 170 new COVID-19 cases, as total number of infections now 2558

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, May 3; recorded 170 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 2558.

According to NCDC, two new patients have been confirmed dead from the virus in the country; bringing the total number of deaths to 87.

The agency on its confirmed twitter handle on Sunday night said that the 170 new cases were recorded from 12 states.

“39-Lagos, 29-Kano, 24-Ogun, 18-Bauchi, 15-Kaduna, 12-FCT, 12-Sokoto, 8-Katsina.

“7-Borno, 3 -Nasarawa, 2-Adamawa and  1-Oyo,” it said.

According to the statement by NCDC, as at 11;59: pm, May 3; Nigeria has 2017 Active Cases of COVID-19 and 400 Treated and Discharged.

The agency further explained that due to community transmission in parts of the country; it started a new case definition to help test and treat for COVID-19.

“The new definition for community transmission is suspected cases of those with cough or fever or history of fever in the last two weeks with one or more of the symptoms listed below;

  • Shivering /shaking (chills)
  • Body pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty in breathing/shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea/abdominal pain
  • Runny nose/catarrh
  • Fatigue (tiredness).”

A probable case of COVID-19 is any person who presented with any of the above symptoms in the last two weeks and died without a confirmatory COVID-19 test.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on the media to rise to the challenge of fake news in Nigeria amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a congratulatory message on the celebration of the 2020 World Press Freedom Day on Saturday, May 2; Gbajabiamila tasked the media practitioners to be more factual in their reportage to promoting national development.

The speaker lauded the doggedness of the Nigerian media in finding solutions to the challenges facing the country over the years; as it had contributed a lot in stabilising the nation.

“It would not be out of place to call on media practitioners in the country to be more factual about their reportage of activities in the society with a view to promoting development and rise to the challenge of fake news; especially as the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nigerian media practitioners must resist every temptation that would make them promote reportage that is anti-people; as no country would thrive if the media spreads falsehood,’’ he said.

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