Nigeria records 239 new cases of COVID-19, total now 4151

Nigeria records 239 new cases of COVID-19, total now 4151

- The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 239 new COVID-19 cases in Nigeria

- The NCDC confirmed the new infections in a tweet on Saturday night, May 9

- The new infections cut across 15 states of the federation

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Nigeria has confirmed 239 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 4,151 cases.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Saturday night, May 9, confirmed the new cases.

According to the agency, 97 of the cases were in Lagos, 44 in Bauchi, 29 in Kano and 19 in Katsina.

Borno states had 17 cases the Abuja had seven cases, Kwara had six, Oyo had five, while Kaduna, Sokoto and Adamawa states had three cases each.

Kebbi, Ogun, and Plateau states each had two cases, while Ekiti had one new case.

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Meanwhile, the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has reacted to its officials leaving Kogi after the state refused help to ascertain the situation of coronavirus in the state.

According to The Cable, Ihekweazu on Friday, May 8, in reaction to Kogi rejecting the help offered by the health agency said it was unfortunate.

The NCDC boss speaking at the presidential task force briefing said they can only offer help where it is wanted and that they offered assistance but it was not in a place that was appreciated.

Still on health, with increasing figures of COVID-19 cases, the federal government has said Nigeria is approaching a difficult era in response to the novel coronavirus disease outbreak.

The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the statement at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) daily briefing on COVID19.

Ehanire, however, said that this could still be influenced by strict adherence to safety, prevention that have been repeatedly given at the daily briefing of the PTF on COVID-19.

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The minister said that as the COVID-19 pandemic increases and progress to community transmission level in Nigeria, health ministry and other relevant government agencies were continuously seeking measures to check or break the transmission of the pandemic.

He noted that the target was to identify all positive cases and isolate both the symptomatic and asymptomatic to safeguard the health of the rest of the population as well as provide care to the symptomatic.

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