Coronavirus: NCDC announces 296 new cases, total now 53,317

Coronavirus: NCDC announces 296 new cases, total now 53,317

- Nigeria's coronavirus cases are now officially 53,317 after confirmation of 296 new cases

- This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, August 28

- In the latest data released by the NCDC, Plateau state recorded the highest infections with 85 in the state

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, August 28 reported that there are 296 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The NCDC, via its official Twitter account, revealed that the new cases are as follows:

Plateau state - 85

Enugu state - 46

Oyo state - 31

Lagos state - 21

Rivers state - 20

Federal Capital Territory, Abuja - 15

Kaduna state - 13

Bauchi state - 12

Delta state - 11

Ekiti state - 11

Akwa Ibom state - 7

Ebonyi state - 6

Kwara state - 5

Ogun state - 4

Osun state - 4

Gombe state - 3

Niger state - 2

This means there are now 53,317 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.

While 40,726 have been discharged, 1,011 people have died due to the viral disease.

Coronavirus: NCDC announces 296 new cases, total now 53,317
The NCDC led by Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has been commended for their good job so far in containing the virus in Nigeria. Photo credit: @NCDCgov
Source: Twitter

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Meanwhile, the federal government has shifted the resumption of international flights billed for Saturday, August 29, to Saturday, September 5.

This was announced on Thursday, August 27, by the ministry of aviation during a briefing at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Recall that had earlier reported on a new study published by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which revealed that coronavirus can be spread in aeroplanes by asymptomatic carriers.

The study which was in the CDC Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases was carried out by scientists who were headed by Dr Sung Hwan Bae which used an evacuation flight from Milan, Italy to Seoul, South Korea in March as its basis.

In a related development, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, has revealed that reliable researches and reports show chloroquine can kill COVID-19 at the early stage of the virus.

According to the NAFDAC boss, remdesivir, an antiviral medication, has also been shown to kill the virus at late stages.

The NAFDAC boss, however, noted the cost for treating people with chloroquine was way cheaper than remdesivir.

NAFDAC had earlier insisted that it has only received one application to endorse a product as a possible treatment option for the symptoms of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The agency was responding to the barrage of claims by some traditional practitioners that they have the cure for the virus.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, May 13, Professor Adeyeye said other claims about a possible cure for COVID-19 only exist on social media and the pages of newspapers.

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