Nigeria's COVID-19 cases rise above 43,000 as NCDC confirms 462

Nigeria's COVID-19 cases rise above 43,000 as NCDC confirms 462

- The latest figures from the NCDC show that no fewer than 462 people have newly contracted the deadly coronavirus disease

- The new cases bring the total of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 43, 151

- The death toll increased by only one according to the information from the NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 462 fresh cases of the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 across the country.

According to statistics released by the agency late on Friday, July 31, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja led the table of cases with 93.

Lagos dropped to second on the table with 78 cases while Plateau, Kaduna and Oyo states completed the top five with 64, 54 and 47 cases respectively.

The bottom five included Edo with 7, Kano and Enugu with 6 each, Nasarawa 5 and Osun 1.

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Sadly, one person was reported dead on Friday to bring the death from the virus to 879.

On the bright side, NCDC also reported that 295 people recovered from the disease across the nation. One of such people is the governor of Ebonyi state. reported earlier that Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, recovered from the coronavirus infection he contracted about four weeks ago.

Umahi confirmed his recovery through a statement which he personally signed on Friday, July 31.

According to the report, Umahi said he has now tested negative to the COVID-19 disease along with his daughter and some of his aides.

Nigeria's COVID-19 cases rise above 43,000 as NCDC confirms 462
Ihekweazu, the NCDC chairman, is leading Nigeria's fight against the spread of coronavirus in the country. Photo credit: Chikwe Ihekweazu
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Meanwhile, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the NCDC, said there is a likelihood that a COVID-19 vaccine may be available within the next six to 12 months.

The NCDC boss made the disclosure on Thursday, July 30, during the virtual weekly briefing of the African Centre for Disease Control.

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He noted that Nigeria's daily record of new cases hovers between 500 and 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Ihekweazu revealed that over 250,000 Nigerians have been tested for COVID-19 so far.

He urged people to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, noting that prevention was key in Nigeria’s response to the disease.

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