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The total onfirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria has hit 27,110. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ((NCDC) made this known while giving an update on the spread of the virus on Thursday via its Twitter handle @NCDCgov, saying that 626 new cases were confirmed.
The position as the state with the highest number of new cases daily, returned to Lagos, which had 193 fresh cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 85 new cases.
The report reads:
626 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-193, FCT-85, Oyo-41, Edo-38, Kwara-34, Abia-31, Ogun-29, Ondo-28, Rivers-26, Osun-21,
Akwa Ibom-18, Delta-18, Enugu-15, Kaduna-13, Plateau-11, Borno-8, Bauchi-7, Adamawa-5,
Meanwhile, as part of efforts to increase testing capacity, the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 explained the steps to take in order to get tested.
Speaking at the press briefing on Thursday, Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the PTF, supplied a breakdown of what to expect when getting tested for COVID-19.
Said Aliyu: “Throughout the country, every state has an emergency operations centre. Most states will have a hotline. You can get the details of the helpline, the telephone number, from the NCDC website.
“Or if your state does not have a helpline, you can call the NCDC helpline directly to provide you with additional information on the next steps to take. Once you call, you will be asked for your address and either of two things could happen. If you’re not very symptomatic, you’ll be asked to go to a testing centre.
“After you’ve had your sample taken, you will be asked to self-isolate if you’re having symptoms until you receive your result.
“By self-isolation, we mean keeping away from the public as well as household members where possible; wearing a face mask properly to cover both your nose and mouth; maintaining physical distancing; avoiding mass gatherings and frequently disinfecting your hands with soap and water or a disinfectant, as well as disinfecting any surfaces that you may have worked on.
“You’ll be contacted with your result. If your result is positive and you have mild symptoms, you will be asked to isolate. If you have severe symptoms, you will be taken into a hospital setup. Otherwise, the isolation centre may not necessarily be a hospital setup, depending on the arrangements in your state”.
He urged persons with moderate to severe symptoms to “report to hospitals immediately for urgent care”.