Despite the lock down order of the Federal Government and some states to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, four states, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Kebbi and Taraba, have joined the league of COVID-19 reported cases.

This was reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in its updated highlights on COVID-19 cases across the country, published on Sunday night.

The NCDC stated, “On the 26th of April 2020, 91 new confirmed cases and five new deaths were recorded in Nigeria

“Four new states, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Kebbi and Taraba, have reported confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 1273 cases have been confirmed, 239 cases have been discharged and 40 deaths have been recorded in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

“The 91 new cases are reported from sixteen states: Lagos, 43; Sokoto, eight; Taraba, six; Kaduna, five; Gombe, five; Ondo, three; FCT, three; Edo, three; Oyo, three; Rivers three; Bauchi, three; Osun, two; Akwa Ibom, one; Bayelsa, one; Ebonyi, one; and Kebbi, one.

“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, EOC, activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.”

The state by state distribution of reported cases of COVID-19 as at April 26 are: Lagos, 731; the FCT, 141; Kano, 77; Ogun, 35; Gombe, 35; Osun, 34; Katsina, 30; Borno, 30; Edo, 25; Oyo, 21; Akwa Ibom, 12; Kaduna, 15; Bauchi, 14; Sokoto, 10; Kwara, 11; Ekiti, eight; Ondo, eight; Delta; six; Rivers, six; Taraba, six; Abia, two; Enugu, two; Niger, two; Jigawa, two; Zamfara, two Benue, one; Anambra, one; Adamawa, one; Plateau, one; Imo, one; Bayelsa, one; Ebonyi, one; Kebbi, one.

NCDC Director-General, Chike Ihekweazu, stressed that though the federal government was making efforts to further contain the spread of the virus, it has been a tough task.

In a related development, the NCDC boss also revealed 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients recover without any intervention.

Ihekweazu disclosed this at the media briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19, adding on Wednesday, that what a COVID-19 patient usually requires is support for the body to recover by itself.

He said, “We should remember that 90 per cent of these patients recover without any intervention. So, if you take something and say you recovered and that something is why you recovered, it doesn’t quite add up.”


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