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, 6677 cases have been confirmed, 1840 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 health agency had on Tuesday explained that most of the fatalities recorded from COVID-19 were cases with other underlying illnesses known as co-morbidities.
The Federal Government has also lamented that the growing number of casualties with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic is due to self-medication, saying many of those who died recently, apart from having some underlying illnesses, had embarked on some form of self-medication or home care.
Boss Mustapha advised those who are infected to seek help rather than going underground.
The NCDC gave a summary of the key infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies to limit or prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings as follows: “Health works should ensure early triage, recognition and source control at the entry point of the facility: Ensure the availability of a triage station at the entrance of the facility with trained personnel.