…As FRSC begs Muslim faithful: Observe Eid-el-fitri at home***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday recorded 284 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6677.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has, therefore, advised Muslims faithful in the country to celebrate Eid-el-fitri at their various homes to prevent further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCDC also confirmed eight new patients fell to the virus in the country, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 200.
The health agency explained that most of the fatalities recorded from COVID-19 were cases with other underlying illnesses known as co-morbidities.
NCDC said that the 284 new cases were confirmed in 13 states eight deaths were recorded in Nigeria as at May, 20.
The 284 new cases were reported from these 13 states: Lagos(199), Rivers(26), Oyo(19), FCT(8), Borno (8), Plateau(7), Jigawa (6), Kano (5), Abia(2), Ekiti(1), Delta(1), Kwara (1), Taraba (1).
The NCDC noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The health agency said that till date, 6677 cases have been confirmed, 4637 Active Cases, 1840 cases have been discharged and 200 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
NCDC reports that on May 18, eight new cases in Zamfara State were erroneously announced.
“Therefore, as at May 20, 2020, Zamfara has recorded a total of 76 confirmed cases.
“We apologise to Zamfara State for this error and reiterate our commitment to accurate and transparent reporting of data,” it stated.
The health agency said sometimes, COVID-19 test results take longer than 96 hours due to sample transport and other logistics.
“While we work hard to reduce time between sample collection and result notification, please take preventive measures.
“Self-isolation is important,” it stated.
According to NCDC, the health agency said does not own quarantine or treatment centres which are the responsibility of the state governments or relevant teaching hospital.
The NCDC said that it only provides guidance on set-up of standard isolation centres, national case management guidelines and training to health workers.
Meanwhile, the agency said that since COVID-19 onset, it had proactively provided Nigerians with reliable information on what they know; also through its website- covid19.ncdc.gov.ng.
It called on the need for credible scientists in the country to support in dispelling rumors just like the early days of HIV.
NCDC disclosed that there were many drugs in clinical trials ongoing as scientists work towards finding a cure for COVID-19.
It stated that some have shown promising results.
“Please avoid self-medication as it may lead to complications and death. Take medicines only as prescribed by a health professional,” it advised.
In the meantime, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised Muslims faithful in the country to celebrate Eid-el-fitri at their various homes to prevent further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The FRSC Unit Commander in Sagamu, Ogun, Mr Iyanda Taofiq, gave the advice in Ota,Ogun, on Thursday.
Taofiq stressed this had become necessary to prevent further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.
According to him, this is not the time to move from one place to another all in the name of celebrating, so that we can collectively defeat the scourge.
“Observes the Government rules and regulations concerning COVID-19 to curb the pandemic,” he said.
The unit Commander enjoined the people to embrace social distancing in vehicles, use of face masks in public and practice good hygiene.
He urged the faithful to restrict their movement by obeying whenever the Government directive asked them to do and desist from going to places they were restricted.
Taofiq admonished motorists to ensure that their vehicles were properly maintained before putting them on the highway as getting help if there was a problem, would be difficult.