• 549 deaths nationwide

BY VICTOR OSOWOCHI, ABUJA – Confirmation from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late Thursday night indicate that the country’s tally of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection currently stands at 22,614 cases.

The latest figure emerged after the Centre reported 594 new cases in the last 24 hours across the country.

Also, the NCDC announced seven (7) deaths from the virus that took Nigeria’s total fatality figures to 549 deaths in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Thursday’s COVID-19 reportage by the NCDC was highlighted by the death of former Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, reported as one of the seven lives lost to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours.

With Cross River as the only State yet to officially report any case of coronavirus, the health agency tweeted that the 594 fresh cases were recorded in 22 states of the federation.

The NCDC’s breakdown of the 594 new cases reported from 22 states showed thus: Lagos – (159), Delta – (106), Ondo – (44), FCT – (34), Edo – (34), Oyo – (33), Kaduna – (33) Enugu – (28), Katsina – (25),

Others are: Imo – (22), Adamawa – (15), Ogun – (12), Osun – (11), Abia – (8), Rivers – (6), Nasarawa – (5), Bauch – (5), Niger – (5), Kebbi – (4), Ekiti – (3), Plateau – (1), Taraba – (1)

On a general note. the NCDC said: “Till date, 22614 cases have been confirmed, 7822 cases have been discharged and 549 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

Meanwhile, latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University indicate that 9,609,844 cases have been detected worldwide, with 489,318 deaths while 4,838,923 people have recovered from the virus infection.

On the COVID-19 statistics in Africa, the reports said that South Africa currently has a total of 118,375 cases with 2,292 deaths while Nigeria’s West African neighbours, Ghana has so far recorded 15,473 cases with 95 deaths as at June 25, 2020

Tweets by ‎@NCDCgov

Replying to @NCDCgov
A breakdown of cases by state can be found via http://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng #TakeResponsibility

NCDC Retweeted

Cloth masks are a convenient substitute to medical masks but they should NOT be worn by individuals who are at a high risk for complications. Handle them properly to avoid the spread of #COVID19.

Read @NCDCgov’s advisory for the use of cloth mask here: https://bit.ly/2B8b0b7

Replying to @NCDCgov
“Loss of taste and smell is a symptom of #COVID19, and could also be for some other illnesses.

It is important to get tested rather than self-medicate on the assumption that it is malaria”

~ @beeodune on @HitFMCalabar #TakeResponsibility

Replying to @NCDCgov
“In the absence of a vaccine to prevent #COVID19, we have to focus on non-pharmaceutical interventions such as using face masks, physical distancing and frequent hand washing”

~ @beeodune on @HitFMCalabar

Two years ago, we started implementing the @WorldBank REDISSE project for strengthening health security in #Nigeria

Yesterday, DG @Chikwe_I introduced to @NGFSecretariat, REDISSE support of N100 million through @NigeriaGov to all 36+1 states for #COVID19 response activities

“As we adhere to public health measures to slow #COVID19 spread, we recognise the need to pay close


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