…FCT- 5; Ogun– 2; Ekiti – 1 and Oyo – 1***
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak cases in Nigeria have increased to 31, with Lagos State sprouting three new cases and Abuja five, one of them, a son of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which confirmed this on Sunday noted that while Lagos State leads with 22 cases, four other states follow with FCT- 5; Ogun – 2; Ekiti – 1 and Oyo – 1, percolating to 28 of them who were currently receiving treatment, because two has been treated and discharged.
The Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, highlighted this on Sunday in Abuja, while giving an update on COVID-19 in the country.
Ihekweazu said that as at 05:28 pm. of March 22, there were 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, noting that two had been discharged, with no deaths.
He stated that in the three new cases, two were returning travelers and one was a contact of a confirmed case.
Ihekweazu said that currently, there were five molecular laboratories in NCDC’s laboratory network, with the capacity to test for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“Our labotary teams are working round the clock to ensure rapid testing of samples from suspected COVID-19 cases across the country,” he said.
Ihekweazu said that as the COVID-19 situation in the country evolved, NCDC and government agencies would continue to take necessary measures to protect the health of Nigerians.
The NCDC has already launched a communication campaign “TakeResponsibility“ to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
According to the centre, preventing COVID-19 spread requires a whole-of-society approach, calling on Nigerians to “TakeResponsibility” for their health.
“It will take collective efforts to share credible information widely across various channels,” it said