Nigeria Reports 417 New COVID-19 Cases

Yemisi Izuora

Nigeria has reported fresh 417 cases of COVID-19.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Monday, August 17, confirmed the 417 new cases of COVID-19; bringing the total number of infections in the country to 49,485.

The NCDC made this known on its verified Twitter handle and also revealed that two additional fatalities had been recorded in the country.

The NCDC said that till date, 49,485 cases have been confirmed while 36,834 cases have been discharged. Also, the death toll attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic has hit 977 across Nigeria.

The agency stated that the 417 new cases were reported from 16 states across the country; as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The NCDC data showed that Lagos, Nigeria’s COVID-19 epicentre racked up 207 new cases – the highest for the day.

It was followed by Kaduna – 44; Ondo – 38; Abia-28; Anambra – 21 and Plateau – 20. Others include Bauchi – 13 , Oyo – 9; Ebonyi – 9; Delta – 7; Edo – 7; Enugu – 6; Niger – 3; Gombe – 2; Ogun – 1; FCT – 1 and Kano -1.

Meanwhile, the agency noted that for benefit of Nigerians; samples were only collected at designated centres and not at the airports and pleaded with Nigerians to remain focused on collective efforts to manage COVID-19 and not share misinformation. The NCDC held that it is only through testing that the actual burden of COVID-19 in Nigeria can be ascertained.

“Our improvement in testing shows the testing infrastructure is not the challenge. But in building a health care delivery system to serve the Nigerians,” it stated.

Also, people with mild forms of COVID-19 may look healthy and would be able to carry out normal activities, the NCDC has revealed.

“TakeResponsibility to prevent spreading COVID-19 unknowingly to those around you. MaskOnNaija. Practice physical distancing in public spaces and wash your hands frequently,’’ it advised.

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