Nigeria Reports 160 New COVID-19 Cases

Yemisi Izuora

Nigeria has reported fresh 160 new COVID-19 cases.

The 160 new cases represent the lowest ever recorded in the last three months.

The  latest figure was confirmed by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, late on Friday which has seen total infections rise to 53, 477.

The NCDC made this known via its verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

The reduced cases of new COVID-19 infections represent a glimmer of hope that Nigeria may be witnessing a recession of the pandemic.

In addition, it is in keeping with the recent development which has seen new infections drop significantly.

On August 4, Nigeria had reported 288 COVID-19 cases and 290 new cases just one week later. Also, the NCDC further reported 252 cases on August 25 and 221 cases on August 26.

Meanwhile, the NCDC revealed that 291 more COVID-19 patients had recovered from isolation centres across the country in the last 24 hours with no fatality.

The development took the number of patients successfully treated and discharged to 41,017. Also, no new fatality was recorded. Therefore, the death toll remained at 1011 in Nigeria.

The 160 new cases were from 14 states; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Plateau topped the list with 44 cases, Lagos came second with 27 infections; followed by Katsina, 18, Edo, 15 and the FCT, 14. Others include Ondo with 10; Oyo, 9; Kwara, 6; Abia and Nasarawa, 4; Kano, 3; Ekiti and Kaduna, 2; Kebbi and Ogun, 1.

Meanwhile, the agency said that the reopening of places of worship did not mean that the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak had subsided.

“If you must gather to worship in the mosque today; take preventive measures to protect yourself and loved ones. Wear a face mask  and don’t share personal items,” it said.

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