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Coronavirus cases hike to fourty – Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak cases in Nigeria have increased by four bringing the toll in the country to fourty.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of the NCDC, who gave an update on COVID-19 in the country, said that the four new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed. Three are from Lagos and one is from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said that two from the four new cases were returning travellers.

“As at 11:00 pm on March, 23, there are fourty confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The active cases are thirty-seven, two have been discharged with one death recorded in the country.

“The fourty confirmed cases are in six states, twenty-eight are in Lagos, seven in Abuja, two in Ogun, one in Edo, one in Ekiti and one in Oyo,” he said.

Ihekweazu stated that as the COVID-19 situation in Nigeria evolves, the NCDC and government agencies would continue to take the necessary measures to protect the health of Nigerians. He called on Nigerians to make use of the NCDC communication campaign “TakeResponsibility“ to prevent COVID-19 from spreading throughout the country.

The NCDC boss stressed that preventing COVID-19 spread requires a whole-of-society approach and its call is for all Nigerians to “TakeResponsibility” for their health.

“It will take collective efforts to share credible information widely across various channels,” he continued.

He said Nigerians should build on the campaign by sharing critical prevention messages on COVID-19 within social and professional circles.

He particularly advised returnees from international travel to go into self-isolation for fourteen days and to call the NCDC if they suspect coronavirus symptoms.


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