Nigeria Records 284 New Cases Of Coronavirus, Total Rises To 6,677.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control , NCDC, on Wednesday said Nigeria recorded 284 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 6,677.

NCDC also said that eight new patients have been confirmed dead to the virus in the country, bringing the total number of deaths to 200.

It said “On the 20th of May 2020, 284 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria”

No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

Till date, 6,677 cases have been confirmed, 1,840 cases have been discharged and 200 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 284 new cases are reported from 13 states- Lagos(199), Rivers(26), Oyo(19), FCT(8), Borno (8), Plateau(7), Jigawa (6), Kano (5), Abia(2), Ekiti(1), Delta(1), Kwara (1), Taraba (1)

The NCDC apologized to Zamfara state government for erroneously announcing eight new cases in the state on May 18th.

It said, “on the 18th of May, 8 new cases in Zamfara were erroneously announced, therefore, as at 20th of May 2020, Zamfara has recorded a total of 76 confirmed cases”.

Request information on recent travel history and pre-existing disease profile of the patient to determine the patient’s risk level: Evaluate clinical symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure early recognition and

Ensure source control (isolation) of patients with suspected SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) infections in a designated area with a defined approach.

The health agency said that at the application of standard precautions for all patients at the entry point of the facility, none of the IPC protocols should be bypassed under any circumstances to reduce the likelihood of viral transmission to healthcare workers and other patients within the healthcare setting.

The NCDC noted that these protocols include the following, hand and respiratory hygiene for healthcare workers and patients, visibility of IEC materials that communicate the symptoms of COVID-19 and prevention measures, clearly stating that some cases may be asymptomatic.

It also advised the appropriate use of PPE, safe waste disposal practices, sterilisation of medical equipment and surfaces.

“Confirmed cases of COVID-19 should be housed together with enough ventilation. The physical distancing between all patients should be adhered to in all facilities with at least 1-meter distance.

“Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be utilised based on a risk assessment. Proper disposal and waste management of all PPE, equipment, and consumables used on patients.

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