Nigeria Records 544 Fresh COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria recorded 544 new COVID-19 cases, another high for the past week, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says.

In a tweet on Sunday, the centre said Nigeria has 28,711 cases of the COVID-19.

The NCDC also said that as of July 6, 645 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 199 new cases. Ebonyi State trailed behind, reporting 65 new infections.

Other states with new infections include: Oyo(47), Ondo(46), Ogun(31), Edo(30), FCT(28), Katsina(25), Plateau(15), Bayelsa(11), Kaduna(10), Adamawa(10), Akwa Ibom (8), Gombe(7), Kano(4), Taraba(3), Rivers(2), Abia(2), Ekiti(1).

The NCDC said that to date, out of the total number of confirmed cases, 16,401 have been recorded to be active and 11,665 cases have been treated and discharged while 645 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Several experts have warned that the country’s further relaxation of lockdown measures might pose a threat to Nigeria’s fight against the spread of the virus.

While interstate travels officially began last week, the Nigerian government has announced that domestic flights will resume on July 8.

Experts have, however, warned that the step might be disastrous if social distancing and other safety protocols are not adhered to.

The action by Nigeria and other African countries necessitated the World Health Organisation’s call on African nations to take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in COVID-19 infections on the continent.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, while giving an update on the status of the pandemic in Africa, said the call became necessary due to decisions of some of the African countries to reopen their borders months after lockdown aimed at curbing the pandemic.

She said while opening borders are vital for the free flow of goods and people, initial analysis by WHO found that lockdown along with public health measures reduced the spread of COVID-19.

Ms Moeti said “air travel is vital to the economic health of countries, but as we take to the skies again, we cannot let our guard down. Our new normal still requires stringent measures to stem the spread of COVID-19.”.

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