Nigeria has confirmed 555 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of infections in the country to 40,532.
The new infections were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night, July 26.
Data from the health agency shows that the new infections were recorded in 18 states with Lagos having the highest number of infections.
Below are the states with new COVID-19 cases:
10. Akwa Ibom-13
15. Cross River-3
The health agency said 17,374 patients have been treated and discharged, while 858 people have died of the disease.
Meanwhile, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC has said that the reality of the coronavirus in the country is that the disease will be around for at least one year.
Ihekweazu made this revelation during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Friday, July 24, The Nation reported.
The NCDC boss stated that it will be best for hospitals in the country to live with the reality instead of driving away patients that are in dire need of medical attention.
Ihekweazu said that this is because the agency's testing capacity for the virus, due to available technology, cannot make for quick release of test results.
In another report, Governor Udom Emmanuel has revealed that the Akwa Ibom state government has so far invested over N3billion in ensuring citizens survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Emmanuel revealed this while addressing Akwa Ibom residents in a citizens’ feedback programme, streamed on both electronic and social media platforms on Saturday, July 25.
According to him, in order to ensure that Akwa Ibomites can access the best health care, three more containers filled with medical equipment and supplies have been acquired and delivered to the state.
He said his government is ensuring that both suspected and confirmed cases are fed and treated free of charge throughout their stay in the hospital.
He also said all 43 cottage and general hospitals have been provided with basic COVID-19 training and kits to improve the handling of cases before they are transferred to isolation centres.
In addition, a new PCR laboratory has been completed and is awaiting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) certification.
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