Nigeria has recorded 290 new COVID-19 cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known via its verified Twitter handle on Monday.
The new cases have taken the total number of infections in the country to 46,867. The fresh cases were confirmed in 15 states and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Data from the NCDC showed that Lagos and Plateau recorded the highest cases on Monday. Both states recorded 82.
Among other states with new cases were Oyo – 19; FCT – 18; Edo – 16; Kaduna – 15; Enugu -9; Ogun – 9; Kano -8; Kwara – 8; Cross River -5; Ondo – 5; Rivers -5; Ekiti -4; Imo – 3 and Borno – 2.
In addition, five new fatalities were recorded across Nigeria on Monday.
Figure released by the NCDC shows that till date, 46867 cases had been confirmed in Nigeria. Also, a total of 33,346 patients had been discharged and 950 deaths recorded so far.
Meanwhile, the agency said that in the absence of a safe vaccine to prevent COVID-19; Nigerians must rely on non-pharmaceutical interventions such as face mask use.
“Between 7-14 August, we’ll commemorate #WorldMaskWeek to reinforce the use of face masks. Studies have shown the effectiveness of face masks in reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection.
“A mask is an additional layer of protection needed to protect yourself and people around you in public places.’’
Also, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had said five states accounted for 60 per cent of cumulative cases in the country; while 689 out of the 774 Local government areas had reported at least one case.
It also said 85 local councils in 20 states had not done any testing.