Nigeria Records 490 Fresh COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria recorded 490 new COVID-19 cases, another high for three consecutive days, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says.

In a tweet on Sunday, the centre said Nigeria has 24,567 cases of the COVID-19.

The NCDC also said that as of June 29, 565 deaths were recorded.

The agency, however said that no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours.

NCDC said that Lagos state again had the highest number of daily infections with 118 new cases. Delta State trailed behind, reporting 84 new infections.

Other states with new infections include: Ebonyi(68), FCT(56), Plateau(39), Edo(29), Katsina(21), Imo(13), Ondo(12), Adamawa(11), Osun(8), Ogun(8), Rivers(6), Kano(5), Enugu(3),Bauchi(3), Akwa Ibom(3), Kogi(1), Oyo(1), Bayelsa(1).

The NCDC said that to date, out of the total number of confirmed cases, 14,995 have been recorded to be active and 9,007 cases have been treated and discharged while 565 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Thw NCDC, also advised Nigerians against using face shields in place of face masks to prevent COVID-19 spread.

In an advisory it recently released to the public, the centre said its position was against the backdrop of an increasing number of people who it noted, were erroneously using face shields instead of face masks to prevent the spread of the disease.

“An increasing number of people in Nigeria are now using face shields, in the place of face masks, as they become more widely available,” it regretted.

According to NCDC, “The use of face masks for COVID-19 prevention is important, as recent studies indicate that a significant proportion of people who have COVID-19 do not show symptoms (asymptomatic), and the virus can spread before these people know that they are sick(presymptomatic).”

” SARS-CoV-2 which causes the coronavirus disease can spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, often through speaking, coughing, or sneezing. There is evidence that the correct use of face masks reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection,” it added.

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