So Far, Nigeria Records 1,093 Deaths From COVID-19

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Nigeria has recorded 131 new cases of the COVID-19, according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

NCDC, stating this in its Twitter handle Thursday, said of the cases, Lagos recorded 45, Kaduna and Plateau 17, while the FCT recorded 16.

Other states were Delta and Niger with six each, Kwara with five, Oyo with three, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ekiti, Enugu, Osun, and Sokoto with two each, while Bauchi, Ebonyi, Katsina and Rivers have one each.

The new cases now bring the total infections in the country to 56,735.

Of the confirmed cases, 48,092 have recovered and have been discharged from various isolation centers, while 1,093 lost their lives.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has cautioned Nigerians to be careful during this COVID-19 pandemic era, adding that vaccines will not be available until 2021.

Speaking during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja,  Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, asked the citizens to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“Vaccines will not be available until next year at best. No reliable therapeutics has been confirmed but our country must restart businesses, including travel to allow citizens to earn their livelihood,” he said.

“Compliance with all the recommended measures like wearing your masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings etc will go a long way to help.”

The Minister, however, appealed to the striking health workers to call off their industrial actions, saying the best way to settle industrial disputes is to come to the negotiation table with the Federal Government.

“I also use this opportunity to renew my calls to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to put the plight, safety and well-being of their patients into consideration and to call off the ongoing strike while the differences are being addressed by negotiations.

“It is important to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is real and spreading gradually in some parts of the world as we speak.

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“It is risky to believe that it is going away even though it looks as if the figures are reducing here. Some countries are experiencing the so-called second waves with all the complications that go along with this easily spreading disease,” he said.