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Recoveries from COVID-19 exceed 900 in Oyo State – Gov. Makinde

…As Nigeria’s 575 new cases of COVID-19, shoot total to 31,323***

A total of 925 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection in Oyo State, following the recovery and discharge of 91 more patients.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this via his official Twitter account on Saturday.

However, the state has recorded 85 new COVID-19 cases following tests carried out on suspected cases.

“Ninety-one confirmed COVID-19 cases received their second NEGATIVE test results and have been discharged.

“This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 925.

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“Also, the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 85 suspected cases came back POSITIVE.

“The cases are from Ibadan N (17), Ibadan SW (13), Oyo E (9), Ido (8), Lagelu (7), Oluyole (6), Orelope (3), Akinyele (3), Egbeda (3), Ibadan NE (3), Ona Ara (2), Atiba (2), Ogbomosho S (2), Iseyin (2), Ibadan SE (1), Ogbomosho N (1), Oyo W (1), Ibadan NW (1) & Ibarapa C (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1,689.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800 or visit a community-based testing centre, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, tiredness, body ache, loss of smell/taste and shortness of breath,” he said.

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In another development, Nigeria however, announced 575 new COVID-19 cases in the country within 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 31,323 according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

NCDC said via its official twitter handle that as at Friday, July 10, a total of 20 deaths caused by the coronavirus were recorded in the country, noting that no new state had reported any case in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC said that till date, 31,323 cases have been confirmed, 12,795 patients discharged and 709 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 575 new cases, on Friday, were reported from 18 states.

The NCDC said Lagos remained the epicentre, reporting 224 new cases, followed by Oyo State with 85 in Oyo and 68 in the FCT.

Other states with new cases were Rivers (49), Kaduna (39), Edo (31), Enugu (30), Delta (11), Niger (10), Katsina (9), Ebonyi (5), Gombe (3), Jigawa (3), Plateau (2), Nassarawa (2), Borno (2), Kano (1) and Abia (1).

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO), said that it was still possible to bring coronavirus pandemic outbreaks under control, even though the number of cases had doubled in the past six weeks.

WHO Chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, gave example of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s biggest slums that showed that bad outbreak of the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.

“In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled,’’ Tedros told a virtual press conference on Friday in Geneva.

He, however, said there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak was very intense, it could still be controlled.

“Some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea and even, in Dharavi a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai in India.

“A strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,’’ he said.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 556,140 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged in China in 2019.

At least 12,361,580 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories while no fewer than 6,593,400 are considered to have recovered.

NCDC had said that there were simple actions Nigerians could take to protect themselves and their loved ones and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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It also reminded Nigerians that when a mask is applied correctly, it covers both the nose and mouth and does not fog up their glasses.

“If their mask fogs up their glasses, it is too loose for them,’’ the centre stated.

The other things Nigerians need to do is to also sanitise their hands before they put on a mask.

“Do not touch your mask or face when it is on, santise your hands before and after you take off your mask.

“Eye protection also provides a barrier to infectious materials entering the eye and is often used in conjunction with other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, masks or respirators.’’

The health agency added that COVID-19 was real and, as such, Nigerians should stay safe, wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.

It added that they should maintain physical distancing at all times.


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