NCDC records 132 COVID-19 cases as Nigeria’s total now 169, 206

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 132 additional cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), making the country’s total number of 169,206 virus infections.

The country’s health regulatory agency disclosed this via its official Web site Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The new infections for Friday, July 16 indicate a decrease from the 159 cases registered Thursday.

The NCDC noted that no death was reported as of July 16 2021, leaving Nigeria’s total number of deaths from the pandemic at 2,126.

It stated that the 132 additional new cases were reported from five states and the FCT.

“Lagos State, where a majority of the cases were picked on Friday, reported 109, while Rivers registered 16, Gombe and Kastina recorded three and two respectively, while the FCT and Nasarawa reported one each.

The NCDC noted that a total of 2.36 million tests have been carried out as of July 16, compared to 2.32 million tests a day earlier.

The centre said that the country’s active cases currently stood at 2,286.

In view of the risk presented by the new variants of COVID-19, including the highly devastating Delta strain, the NCDC has urged Nigerians to continue to observe preventive measures.

The agency urged Nigerians to avoid crowds, maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, ensure proper ventilation indoor, wear a mask, wash hands often with soap and water and avoid the touching of face.

Likewise, people feeling unwell with symptoms, such as fever, sudden loss of sense of taste or smell, or a cough should report early at accredited health facilities for sample collection and testing.

The NCDC stated: “During the upcoming Eid-al-Adha festivities, we appeal to all Nigerians to take responsibility by avoiding non-essential travel, large indoor gatherings and sharing of prayer items such as mats and ablution kettles, in addition to other preventive measures.

“We urge the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, who are at an increased risk of severe illness and death due to COVID19, to stay at home and pray with their family members.”

ConsumerConnect reports that out of the 169, 206 cases have been confirmed till date, 164,666 cases have been discharged, and 2,126 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The 132 new cases are reported from 6 states- Lagos (109), Rivers (16), Gombe (3), Katsina (2),FCT (1), and Nasarawa(1)

A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities, according to NCDC.

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