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#BREAKING: Latest COVID-19 Updates By The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control

Nigeria on Wednesday recorded 284 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6677.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director General Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

The NCDC said 8 new patients have been confirmed dead due to coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 200.

The Centre explained that most of the deaths recorded from coronavirus were cases with other underlying illnesses known as co-morbidities.

The NCDC said that the 284 new cases were confirmed in 13 states and eight deaths were recorded in Nigeria as at May, 20.

The breakdown of the 284 new cases reported from 13 states are as follows:

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).

No new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The summary of the updates so far, shows that 6677 cases have been confirmed, 4637 Active Cases, 1840 cases have been discharged and 200 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC apologized for the erroneous announcement on May 18, that eight new cases were recorded in Zamfara State.

“Therefore, as at May 20, 2020, Zamfara has recorded a total of 76 confirmed cases.

“We apologise to Zamfara State for this error and reiterate our commitment to accurate and transparent reporting of data.

“Sometimes, COVID-19 test results take longer than 96 hours due to sample transport and other logistics.

“While we work hard to reduce time between sample collection and result notification, please take preventive measures.

“Self-isolation is important.

“The NCDC does not own quarantine or treatment centres which are the responsibility of the state governments or relevant teaching hospital.

“The NCDC only provides guidance on set-up of standard isolation centres, national case management guidelines and training to health workers.

“Since COVID-19 onset, the centre has proactively provided Nigerians with reliable information on what they know; also through its website-

“The centre calls on credible scientists in the country to support in dispelling rumors just like the early days of HIV.

“There were many drugs in clinical trials ongoing as scientists work towards finding a cure for COVID-19.

“Some have shown promising results.

“Please avoid self-medication as it may lead to complications and death. Take medicines only as prescribed by a health professional,” the NCDC further stated.