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COVID-19 Cases Rise In Five States In Nigeria

New cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) has continued to rise in Nigeria as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported additional 132 fresh cases as of Friday, July 16.

The NCDC made the disclosure on its official website handle on Saturday morning.

The new infections add to the 159 cases registered on Thursday.

The NCDC noted that no death was reported as of July 16 2021, leaving Nigeria’s total number of deaths from the pandemic at 2,126.

It stated that the 132 additional new cases were reported from five states and the FCT.

“Lagos State, where a majority of the cases were picked on Friday, reported 109, while Rivers registered 16, Gombe and Kastina recorded three and two respectively, while the FCT and Nasarawa reported one each.

The NCDC noted that a total of 2.36 million tests have been carried out as of July 16, compared to 2.32 million tests a day earlier.

The centre said that the nation’s active cases currently stood at 2,286.

Given the risk presented by the new variants of COVID-19, the NCDC has urged Nigerians to continue to observe preventive measures.

Nigerians are urged to avoid crowds, maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, ensure proper ventilation indoor, wear a mask, wash hands often with soap and water and avoid touching their faces.

It is also advised people feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, sudden loss of sense of taste or smell, or a cough should report early at accredited health facilities for sample collection and testing.

“During the upcoming Eid-al-Adha festivities, we appeal to all Nigerians to take responsibility by avoiding non-essential travel, large indoor gatherings and sharing of prayer items such as mats and ablution kettles, in addition to other preventive measures.

“We urge the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, who are at an increased risk of severe illness and death due to COVID19, to stay at home and pray with their family members,” the NCDC stated.

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