Nigeria’s COVID-19 surpass 40,000, death toll nears 1,000
By Charles Joseph
July 27, 2020 - The number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria has now exceeded 40,000 with death toll nearing 1,000 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday announced 555 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths.
The NCDC said on twitter that 40,537 cases had been confirmed, 17,374 cases discharged and 858 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
It said that the new cases were reported in the 18 states of Lagos (156), Kano (65), Ogun (57), Plateau (54), Oyo(53), Benue (43), FCT (30), Ondo(18), Kaduna (16), Akwa Ibom (13), Gombe (13), Rivers (12), Ekiti (9), Osun (8), Cross River (3), Borno (2), Edo (2) and Bayelsa (1).
The health agency said a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It also advised Nigerians to limit or avoid sharing personal items as well as avoid touching high-contact surfaces like door handles and stair rails.
According to the agency, the virus that causes COVID-19 can live on surfaces for several hours.
The NCDC further urged Nigerians to clean all surfaces with soap and water or disinfectants.