COVID-19: Nigeria confirms 437 new cases, as infections rise to 46,577

COVID-19: Nigeria confirms 437 new cases, as infections rise to 46,577

Nigeria has recorded 437 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country to 46,577.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure in a tweet on Sunday night, August 9.

COVID-19: Nigeria confirms 437 new cases, as infections reach 46,577
The NCDC confirmed 437 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria: Photo Credit: NCDC
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The data released by the NCDC showed that the new infections were recorded in 17 states with Lagos having the highest number of cases.

Below are the listed states which recorded new infections:

1. Lagos - 107

2. FCT - 91

3. Plateau - 81

4. Kaduna - 32

5. Ogun - 30

6. Kwara - 24

7. Ebonyi - 19

8. Ekiti - 17

9. Oyo - 8

10. Borno - 6

11. Edo - 6

12. Kano - 4

13. Nasarawa - 3

14. Osun - 3

15. Taraba - 3

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16. Gombe - 2

17. Bauchi - 1

The number of those successfully treated and discharged from various treatment centres also rose to 33,186, representing an increase of 142 persons.

While more people have recovered from the disease, the country reported three new fatalities, raising the number of those who have lost the battle to the virus to 945.

Meanwhile, about 1,455 Lagosians who tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic have refused to turn up for admission at the various isolation centres, the Lagos state government has revealed.

This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi.

He said the affected Lagosians were still active and could spread the virus within the community.

Going further, he said 72 coronavirus patients were currently at public and private isolation centres across the state.

In another news report, the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) has announced the launch of a telemedical line to support the National Commission on Disease Control (NCDC) in the fight against COVID-19.

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The aim of the line is to help those with the COVID-19 who are unable to access the designated Isolation centres across the country.

A statement by Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, head of the MMF, said the project named MMF Medassist COVID Partner Line, is part of the effort to provide access to relevant and necessary medical advice, medical and mental health support for those who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, across the 36 states of the country.

She recalled how recently, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Abayomi, disclosed that many patients who tested positive with the virus refused to go to the isolation centres and rather preferred to self-medicate.

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