COVID-19: 1,024 new cases recorded across 16 states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 1,024 new cases of COVID-19 across 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Lagos tops the list with 653 cases.

Others are: Plateau-63; Benue-48; Zamfara-45; FCT-42; Rivers-27; Ondo-26; Adamawa-26; Kaduna-22; Edo-18; Ogun-16; Imo-12; Kano-9; Yobe-6; Ekiti-5; Jigawa-4 and Osun-2.

So far, 100,087 cases of the global pandemic have been confirmed in the country, with 80,030 persons treated and discharged; and 1,358 deaths recorded.

“Our discharges today include 253 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines,” NCDC said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Adetunji Adenekan, says the daily record of COVID-19 cases does not reflect the total number of infected persons in the country.

He stressed that many people have not been tested, noting that the figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control daily are only based on the number of tests conducted.

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He, therefore, called on Nigerians to adhere to the safety protocols as well as present themselves for testing.

In an interview with our correspondent on Friday, Adenekan said, “Other countries are experiencing the second wave, while what we are experiencing at the moment is influx. We estimated that there would be tougher times in January with high cases and that is what we have been experiencing. In the last few days, we have had over 1,000 cases back to back and that is even based on the number of tests being done.

“I am sure some people aren’t even going for the test. That should give you an idea that we have more than the figures we are releasing. We are likely to have more positive COVID-19 cases. I can assure you that we have more people outside who have not been tested and are positive.”

He noted that the cases had continued to rise because of disregard for the safety protocols.

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