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NCDC announces 184 new COVID-19 cases, total now 4971

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, May 13; recorded 184 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 4,871.

It also said that six new patients have been confirmed dead to the virus in the country; bringing the total number of deaths to 164.

The NCDC noted that no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The agency said that to date, 4,787 cases have been confirmed, 3,737 Active Cases, 1,070 cases have been discharged and 158 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 184 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos(51), Jigawa(23), Bauchi(16), Katsina(16), Kano(14), FCT(10), Rivers(10), Kwara(9), Delta(5), Kaduna(5), Sokoto(4), Oyo(4), Kebbi(3), Nasarawa (3), Osun(3), Ondo(2), Ebonyi(1), Edo(1), Enugu(1), Anambra(1), Plateau (1), Niger (1).”

 

It was further gathered that Nigeria has crossed over 1,000 in treatment and discharged cases.

NCDC has continued to urge Nigerians to take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease by supporting one another.

The body said that the best way Nigerians could protect themselves and their community was with everyday preventive actions, including staying at home when they were sick and washing hands with soap and water, to help slow the spread of respiratory illness.

NCDC is mandated, in the Act establishing it, to support states in responding to disease outbreaks.

One way in which the agency support states is by training the laboratory scientists responsible for carrying out testing for COVID-19.

Also, the NCDC has reviewed its testing strategy for COVID-19 regarding the management of confirmed cases.

It was gathered that the new guideline requires patients to be discharged after testing negative once for the disease; unlike it is usually the case.

This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the NCDC, Emeka Oguanuo, on Wednesday, May 13; stating the agency will soon publish the new guidelines with further details.

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