Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Cross 54,000 As PTF Issues Warning

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have crossed 54,000 after 143 fresh infections were confirmed on Monday just as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 called for caution in the face of declining infections.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the new cases, reported in seventeen states and the Federal Capital Territory, take the number of confirmed infections in the country to 54,008.

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According to the data from the NCDC, Nigeria’s new pandemic hotbed, Plateau State, had the highest number of infected persons for the day – 35 – and Kaduna – 21.

Lagos State had 19 fresh cases of the virus,  FCT – 13,  Ebonyi – 9,  Adamawa – 7,  Enugu – 7, Katsina – 7,  Edo – 6 and  Kwara – 5.

Three new persons were infected in Osun State,  Anambra – 2, Kano – 2,  Niger – 2,  Ogun – 2,  Benue – 1, Borno – 1 and Sokoto – 1.

Of the number of cases, 41,638 persons have been treated and discharged from several states in the country with 1,013 deaths, however, confirmed from the pandemic.

Although the country has been reporting lower COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the PTF has warned Nigerians to remain vigilant.

“The PTF still urges caution and vigilance on the declining numbers because the virus is still potent and very dangerous,” the Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha said in reference to the lowest infections – 138 –  reported by Nigeria in four months.

Boss Mustapha said despite the increased testing capacity in Nigeria, the number of samples collected has not been encouraging.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), is therefore calling on states to expand their sample collection scope.