WE CANNOT TRACE THE SOURCE OF 203 CORONAVIRUS CASES NCDC

Sodiq Oyeleke

Nigeria recorded 117 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 782.

But of the total 782 confirmed COVID-19 cases, how 203 patients contracted the disease in Nigeria remains unknown, The PUNCH reports.

This is according to the NCDC in its ‘COVID19Nigeria situation report for 21st of April 2020’ published on Wednesday.

The report showed that 8,934 samples have been tested in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It said that of the 782 that tested positive for the virus, 544 (70 per cent) are males while 238 (30 per cent) are females.

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The data also showed people within age bracket 31-40 constituted 20 per cent of those infected.

While giving the summary of the cases provenance, the report read, “travel history – 210 (27 per cent); contacts – 274 (35 per cent); unknown source – 203 (26 per cent) and incomplete – 95 (12 per cent).”

It also showed that the NCDC had identified 9,233 persons of interest among whom 9,079 (98 per cent) have exceeded follow up.

The NCDC also said 25 persons have died from coronavirus-related complications in the country while 197 have recovered.

According to the NCDC, of the new 117 cases, 59 were discovered in Lagos, 23 in FCT, 14 in Kano, six in Borno, four in Kastina, three in Ogun, while one each in Rivers and Bauchi.

The centre stated that there are 560 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.

It said, “Breakdown of cases by states: Lagos – 430, FCT-118, Kano-73, Osun-20, Ogun-20, Oyo-16, Katsina-16, Edo-15, Kwara- nine, Kaduna- nine, Akwa Ibom- nine, Borno- nine, Bauchi-eight, Gombe-five, Delta- four, Ekiti- four, Ondo- three, Rivers- three, Jigawa- two, Enugu- two, Niger- two, Abia- two, Benue- one, Anambra- one, and Sokoto-one.”

The NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health advised Nigerians to stay home and minimise contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease.

Other steps Nigerians have been asked to take are monitoring for symptoms, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching frequently touched items and regularly washing their hands.