…As Africa CDC says Africa’s death toll reaches 221, and total cases climb to 6,213***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 10 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak in the country.
The confirmed cases are three in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and seven from Lagos State, making Nigeria’s confirmed cases 184.
NCDC, through its verified Twitter account on Thursday, said that as at 08:00 pm April 2 there were 184 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.
It said 20 had been discharged with two deaths.
NCDC said that currently, there were 92 cases in Lagos; Abuja 38; Osun- 14; Oyo – eight, Ogun – four; Kaduna-four; Akwa Ibom -Five, Edo -four, Bauchi- three, Enugu and Ekiti with two cases each, while Rivers and Benue had one case, respectively.
Meanwhile, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, has raised the alarm that the agency had started to see early signs of community transmission of COVID-19.
Ihekweazu said the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT would be helpful as the NCDC continued to intensify efforts to detect and confirm cases of COVID-19.
He disclosed that the agency had the largest number of positive cases yesterday, adding that the NCDC had also the largest number of people tested ever, as at yesterday.
The DG said that 71 per cent of all the 5,000 contacts they were tracing had been reached.
“Lagos has been transformational in this area. Tracing Teams have been able to take advantage of the restrictions to move very quickly in Lagos to reach all those listed,” he said.
He noted that the NCDC now had 15 Rapid Response Teams deployed in 15 states, for COVID-19.
He, however, said that It was the largest ever deployment of public health resources in the country.
“And we are adding new states every day.
“Our teams are building critical skills and gaining experience in a wide range of fields, not just Contact Tracing, but also Supply chain management, Laboratory Deployment,” he explained.
Ihekweazu, reassured the 36 states of the federation that the NCDC was here for them, to support them.
“I also want you to know that President Muhammadu Buhari has called on us to have one response across the country, a single lead coordinated response,” he added.
In the meantime, the death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent has reached 221 as confirmed positive cases surpassed 6,213.
The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) indicated this in its latest situation update issued on Thursday.
The Africa CDC, a specialised agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), said the cases were spread across 49 African countries.
The agency also disclosed that the highly COVID-19 affected countries include South Africa with 1,380 confirmed cases, Algeria with 716 confirmed cases as well as Egypt with 779 confirmed cases.
The Africa CDC also disclosed that some 469 people who have been infected with the COVID-19 have recovered across the continent as of the stated period.
Amid the rapid spread of the virus across the African continent, figures from the Africa CDC also show that more than 427 new confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported across the continent since the center’s recent report on Wednesday.
The death toll increased from 196 to 221 as of the stated period, according to the Africa CDC.
The African Union, through Africa CDC, has already activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System (IMS) for the COVID-19 outbreak on Jan. 27.
The Africa CDC had also developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period from March 16 to April 15.