• As tally hits 17,148 cases nationwide

BY VICTOR OSOWOCHI, ABUJA – With the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reporting 31 deaths in 24 hours, the fatality figure has now risen to 455 deaths since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic broke out in the country in March this year.

This is as the NCDC announced that 490 new cases were confirmed nationwide by late Tuesday night bringing the total number to 17,148 cases.

Additionally, the Centre explained that in the last 24 hours, 274 patients, having been successfully treated and recovered, were discharged from various isolation centers across the country.

As usual, the NCDC posted on its official twitter handle that; “On the 16th of June 2020, 490 new confirmed cases and 31 deaths were recorded in Nigeria”, adding; “No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.”

Offering further details, the Centre said; “Till date, 17,148 cases have been confirmed; 5623 cases have been discharged and 455 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory”

Of the 490 new cases reported on the day from 16 states, the numbers indicated thus: Lagos – (142), FCT – (60), Bayelsa – (54), Rivers – (39), Delta – (37), Oyo – (30), Kaduna – (26), and Imo – (23).

Others on the list are: Enugu – (19), Kwara – (17), Gombe – (11), Ondo – (10), Bauchi – Eight (8), Ogun – Seven (7), Borno – Six (6), and Benue – One (1)

Meanwhile, latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University indicated that globally 8,152,885 cases have been detected, with 441,407 deaths and 3,942,312 people treated and fully recovered.

The reports also showed that South Africa has recorded 73,533 cases with 1,568 deaths while Ghana has a total of 12,193 cases with 58 deaths

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*Note: Lagos State recorded 25 deaths between June 12th & 15th ; they were all announced on June 16th

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

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We are aware of ongoing clinical trials conducted by scientists in the UK and will work with our sister agencies to evaluate this emerging data on the use of Dexamethasone.

We will inform the general public on outcomes following scientific review and validation

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Please note that the Government of Nigeria has not validated or approved any treatment for COVID-19. In addition, the use of Dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment has not been validated by @WHO

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The NCDC is aware of recent outcomes from a UK-Government funded clinical trial for COVID-19.

The results support the use of Dexamethsaone as a possible treatment to reduce the risk of death among COVID-19 patients, who require oxygen or mechanical ventilation.

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What should you do if an employee develops symptoms or tests positive for #COVID19❓

For ‘Guidelines for Businesses and Employers in Nigeria’ & other useful guidelines visithttps://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/guideline/

“Our health depends on our collective efforts. We have to #TakeResponsibility by adhering to three interventions in our hands:

* Use of face masks 😷

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* Hand washing 🧼

~ @Chikwe_I at #PTFCOVID19


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