Nigeria Registers 296 New COVID-19 Cases

Yemisi Izuora

Nigeria has recorded 296 new COVID-19 cases with one additional fatality.

The development has seen the death toll rise to 1,011 since the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Nigeria.

However, the country has sustained the recent tempo of reduced new infections.

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the country recorded 296 new COVID-19 infections. The figure, which is significantly lower than the highs of over 600 recorded in previous weeks; is in keeping with the submission of the government that the pandemic is flattening in Nigeria.

The new cases were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late on Thursday.

The NCDC stated that till date, 53,317 cases had been confirmed; 40,726 cases discharged so far; while 1,011 deaths had been recorded across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The agency disclosed that the 296 new cases on Thursday were reported from 16 states; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC said that Plateau accounted for 85 of the 296 new COVID-19 cases; followed by Enugu with 46, Oyo with 31 and Lagos 21.

Others states include Rivers-20, FCT-15, Kaduna-13, Bauchi-12, Delta-11, Ekiti-11, Akwa Ibom-7, Ebonyi-6, Kwara-5, Ogun-4, Osun-4, Gombe-3, and Niger-2.

Meanwhile, the agency has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic was a battle that would be fought for some time.

It says Nigeria is currently in the community transmission phase; noting that this requires the collective efforts of every Nigerian to win the fight against the virus.

Nevertheless, the NCDC reaffirmed its commitment to providing support and strengthening the COVID-19 response across the states of the federation. Government further reminded Nigerians that clothes and masks provide protection against  the  spread of the virus; especially when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth.

Handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use,” NCDC said.

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