COVID-19: Nigeria Confirms 176 New Cases, 152 Patients Discharged, 5 Fatalities
Nigeria has recorded 176 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The new confirmations raised the country’s total cases to 5,621 according to Health Agency.
NCDC also stated that five patients died of coronavirus-related complications in the country, making total fatalities rise to 176
In a tweet via its official handle late Saturday, the NCDC said 95 new cases had been discovered in Lagos, the country’s hotspot.
Other states and their figures were as follows:
31 cases of the virus were found in Oyo, 11 cases in FCT. While Niger and Borno had 8 cases each.
In Jigawa six cases were reported, Kaduna reported four cases, Anambra had three cases. Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa and Bauchi recorded two cases each and one case each were found in Benue and Zamfara.
A breakdown of data obtained from the centre’s website showed that 152 COVID-19 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours across the country.
The centre has also urged Nigerians to remember that there is no specific cure for COVID-19 as Clinical trials are ongoing to assess the safety and the efficacy of drug and vaccine candidates for public use.
On the 16th of May 2020, 176 new confirmed cases and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
Till date, 5621 cases have been confirmed, 1472 cases have been discharged and 176 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Confirmed Cases by State
|States Affected||No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)||No. of Cases (on admission)||No. Discharged||No. of Deaths|
Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in China last December, it has killed at least 304,619 people worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT on Friday.
At least 4,491,730 cases have been registered in 196 countries and territories. Of these, at least 1,571,100 are now considered recovered.
The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections as many countries are testing only the most serious cases.
Meanwhile, as the world continues to battle the pandemic, and health experts make frantic efforts to find a solution, some have begun to explore herbal options.
Countries like Madagascar which has officially reported 183 coronavirus infections and 105 recoveries, with no deaths, has come up with a herbal solution.
According to the country’s president, Andry Rajoelina, patients who had recovered, were cured only through the administration of the ‘Covid-Organics’.
He referred to the remedy as “an improved traditional medicine”, adding that Madagascar was not conducting clinical trials but “clinical observations” in accordance with WHO guidelines.
The remedy which is in form of a drink is derived from artemisia — a plant with proven anti-malarial properties — and other indigenous herbs.
According to Rajoelina, it cures patients within 10 days of being taken.
Already Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger and Tanzania have taken delivery of consignments of the potion, which was launched last month.
Nigeria, on Saturday received samples of the remedy.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who confirmed this in a series of tweets, noted that the samples were brought by the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Embalo, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
However, according to Garba, President Buhari reiterated that all necessary procedures will be put in place before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.
“We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” the president was quoted to have said.