Breaking: Nigeria Records 195 New COVID-19 Cases

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195 COVID-19 cases

Nigeria has recorded 195 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Stating this in its latest update on Monday night, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the new cases were recorded in Lagos, FCT and nine other states.

While Lagos reported 39 cases, FCT recorded 15 fresh infections respectively.

Others include Enugu – 51, Gombe – 40, Plateau – 23, Rivers – 12, Kaduna –8, Ondo – 3, Bauchi – 2, Edo and Ogun each reporting 1 case.

On a positive note, the country has been able to manage 48,674 cases effectively since the initial outbreak of the virus on February 27.

More than 1,000 persons have died from the pandemic.

N1b Disbursement To States

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has disbursed N1billion each to 32 states in the country amid the pandemic.

PTF Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu announced the disbursement of the sum Monday during a briefing in Abuja.

“We have released money to the state governments recently, to 32 state governments. Each state government was given a N1 billion.

“This is for the purpose of driving their COVID responses and we are asking them to prioritise testing in addition to surveillance activities linked to COVID-19,”  he said.

Decline In Cases

On his part, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director-General,  lamented the decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Ihekweazu, who briefed reporters earlier Monday in the nation’s capital, said the Federal Government observed a decline of 36 per cent in the infections recorded in August compared to those reported in July.

He, however, explained that the government cannot celebrate yet, adding that testing in many states is very low.

“The number of reported cases daily has declined nationally in the last few weeks. We have seen a 36 per cent decline in August compared to July on national figures.

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“Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this until we test sufficient figures in every state,” the NCDC boss maintained.