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NCDC records 242 new COVID-19 cases, total infections now 4641

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, May 11, recorded 242 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 4641.

The NCDC also said that 10 new patients had been confirmed dead, bringing the total number of deaths to 150.

It said that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 4641 cases have been confirmed, 902 cases have been treated and discharged.

“There are 3589 active cases; 150 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The 242 new cases are reported from 14 states – Lagos, 88, Kano, 64, Katsina, 49, Kaduna, 13, Ogun, nine, Gombe, six, Adamawa, four, FCT, three, while Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Zamfara, Borno and Bauchi had one each.”

 

The centre apologised for announcing two new deaths in Nasarawa State on the April 10, 2020, when there was no death in that state on the said date.

“We apologise to the State Government for this error; we remain committed to providing accurate data to Nigerians,” it stated.

The agency said that to prevent the spread of COVID19, Nigerians must continue to play their part.

“Do not discriminate against people who are infected or have recovered; doing so affects our ability to identify and treat people who need care. Let us offer our support and say no to stigma and take responsibility as a nation,” it said.

Also, the NCDC has said that there was community transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos and Kano states.

Specifically, the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu. made this known at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Monday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that 23 molecular laboratories had been activated within the agency’s network of laboratories; to scale up testing.

It was reported that the 23 laboratories in the NCDC’s network are the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Federal Capital Territory( FCT) and Defence Reference Laboratory, FCT.

Ihekweazu said that the NCDC would be integrating private sector laboratories into its laboratory architecture with guidelines to be published on Monday tonight.

“Private laboratories that want to join the network should download it and see what is required; we will be available to support them through the process,” he said.

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