The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday, May 6; recorded 195 new cases of Coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 3145.
It also said that five new patients have been confirmed dead to the virus in the country; bringing the total number of deaths to 103.
The NCDC, on its confirmed twitter handle on Wednesday night, said that the 195 new cases were recorded from 13 states as follows:
“82-Lagos, 30-Kano, 19-Zamfara, 18-Sokoto, 10-Borno, 9-FCT, 8-Oyo, 5-Kebbi, 5-Gombe, 4-Ogun, 3-Katsina, while one each in Kaduna and Adamawa States.”
195 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 6, 2020
According to NCDC, as at 11;59 p.m. May 6, 2020, Nigeria has 2504 Active Cases of COVID-19 and 534 Treated and Discharged in the country.
The continuous increase in the number of infections has risen due to the increased capacity for testing across the country.
Reported that NCDC has exceeded daily test above 1600 on two occasions, but this did not translate into higher positive counts.
“April 29: 861 tested, 196 positive cases, 23 per cent; April 30: 2070 tested, 204 positive cases, 9.9 per cent; May 4: 976 tested, 245 positive cases, 25 per cent; and May 5: 1696 tested, 148 +positive care, 8.7 per cent.”
Also, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), is making use of data to drive response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 6, in Abuja.
Ihekweazu highlighted how data is being used to drive the public health response to the COVID-19.
He said that the agency developed an electronic data collecting tool after the Ebola outbreak.
He stated that the tool was the reason why Nigerians see the data of cases every day.
“The NCDC also has a tool for logistics management.
“We can tell with this tool where every single mask, medical gown or sanitizer has gone.
“We have a tool called Tatafo to help manage misinformation and develop targeted messages once we notice rumours or misinformation.
“It can give the data of every single person that has received any item from NCDC,” he said.