Nigeria records 387 fresh cases of COVID-19, Enugu discharges five patients

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 387 fresh cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, which increased the number of active cases to 6344.

NCDC, on its official twitter handle, said that as of May 29, there were 387 new confirmed cases and two deaths recorded in Nigeria.

The agency said that the total number of infections in the country has risen to 9,302, out of which 2,679 patients have been treated and discharged with 261 losing their lives.

It added that the cases were spread across 13 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections with 254 cases.

NCDC said that the new cases were reported in Lagos (254), FCT (29), Jigawa (24), Edo (22), Oyo (15), Rivers (14), Kaduna (11), Borno (6), Kano (3), Plateau (2), Yobe (2), Gombe (2), Bauchi (2) and Ondo (1).
NCDC had said that while most of those who died were associated with co-morbidities, it found out that three out of four of those who had been discharged were without co-morbidities.

“This is consistent with the fact that risks are higher for those with other illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases.
“There is general reduction in mortality trend and continuous improvement in recoveries as shown in discharges compared to the increase in number of confirmed cases.

“Though not surprising, we are concerned about the increasing number of confirmed cases. This is because very high cases could seriously exceed the capacity of our health system to cope. Routine cases may also suffer as a result,” it stated.

NCDC said that after the COVID-19 test result had been communicated to effected persons, they should continue to adhere to preventive measures and guidelines.
“If you test positive, please do not panic. You will be transferred to an isolation centre for your health and that of those around you,” it said.

The agency said that majority of COVID-19 patients would show mild symptoms and recover.

“The current national case management protocol is for all cases to be managed by a team of clinicians in an isolation centre to ensure optimal care and to prevent further spread of the disease,” it said.

Data from about 58,726 test on the coronavirus pandemic in the country, shows that of the confirmed cases, 68 per cent were males and 32 per cent were females.
The most affected aged groups were between 31 and 40, making up 25 per cent of the total number of confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, Enugu State Ministry of Health has announced that five COVID-19 confirmed positive cases in the state have tested negative and consequently discharged from the isolation and treatment centres.

It also disclosed that one more positive case has been confirmed in the state.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Obi Ikechukwu, in a statement on Saturday, said that “Total number of cases for Enugu State is now 19, with 6 active cases and 13 discharged.

According to him, “The new COVID-19 patient (Case 19) is a 40-year-old female, who hails from Igbo-Etiti LGA of Enugu State and returned home from Lagos State in violation of the restriction order on inter-state movement. ”

He added that the “State Ministry of Health with massive support from the Governor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the State Executive Council (EXCO), has continued to provide treatment for the existing cases, respond to emergency alerts, carry out contact tracing and follow up on suspects. ”

Ikechukwu stated that the “directives of the Federal and Enugu State governments and the public health advisories of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and the Enugu State Ministry of Health, remain as important as ever and should be strictly adhered to.

“Stay home when it is not absolutely necessary to go out. Wear a facemask/covering whenever you must go out. Keep a safe distance from other people at all times, which is social/physical distancing and avoid crowded places,” he said.

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