NCDC Confirms 197 New Coronavirus Cases, 200 Recoveries, 5 Fatalities


Ncdc coronavirus casesNigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 197 new coronavirus cases, 200 recoveries and 5 deaths on Thursday night.

The centre gave a breakdown of where the new cases were reported via its official Twitter handle, stating;

On Wednesday, Nigeria recorded 55,632 coronavirus cases, 43,610 discharged and 1,070 deaths.

With the newly recorded infections, there are now 55,829 total cases, 43,810 discharged and 1,075 fatalities across the country.

Also, NCDC in its latest situation report has revealed that overall samples tested nationwide have increased from 430,712 to 433,206 as at September 9.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has stated that Nigeria has started recording a drop in positive cases despite an increase in sample collection.

It however stated it would be presumptuous for anyone to interpret the fall in positive cases to mean the pandemic is reducing.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, stated these in Abuja, during the briefing of the PTF on COVID-19.

Mamora said;

We continue to record low positivity rate even as the number of samples tested has increased. While this is a cheering development, it will be presumptuous to conclude that the disease is reducing.

This is because as of today not many states are testing. We shall therefore ensure that testing continues in all the states until we reach our daily targets.

He revealed;

Ten percent of positive cases are children and adolescents with more than half of them in the age bracket of 10-18 years.

Mamora however warned;

It is therefore pertinent at this point to renew the warning of the PTF on the reopening of schools so as not to expose our children to the risk of infection.

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