SEE THE LATEST UPDATE ON COVID-19 IN NIGERIA AND GLOBALLY

Although the tension surrounding COVID-19 is gradually reducing, the number of confirmed cases continues to rise worldwide.

Globally, as of 12:48 pm CEST, 23 August 2020, there have been 23,057,288 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 800,906 deaths, reported to WHO.

Based on the regions of the world affected

Americas 12,283,953 Confirmed cases

Europe 3,970,890    Confirmed cases

South-East Asia 3,533,807 Confirmed cases

Eastern Mediterranean 1,816,207 Confirmed cases

Africa 1,000,379 Confirmed case

Western Pacific 451,311 Confirmed cases

In Nigeria

On the 23rd of August 2020, 322 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

Thus far, 52,227 cases have been confirmed, 38945 cases have been discharged and 1002 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 322 new cases are reported from 18 states-

Lagos               130

Bauchi              36

FCT                   25

Edo                   17

Bayelsa             14

Ogun                 14

Oyo                   14

Anambra            13

Kaduna              12

Ondo                  11

Abia                   10

Osun                    6

Plateau                 5

Kwara                  5

Kano                   4

Ebonyi                 3

Sokoto                 2

Borno                   1

Statistics based on states since the first case was reported in Nigeria

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 17,894 2,483 15,209 202
FCT 4,994 3,501 1,447 46
Oyo 3,050 1,333 1,682 35
Edo 2,537 203 2,234 100
Plateau 2,118 989 1,100 29
Rivers 2,048 109 1,882 57
Kaduna 2,011 235 1,764 12
Kano 1,708 198 1,456 54
Delta 1,701 158 1,497 46
Ogun 1,614 178 1,410 26
Ondo 1,512 704 777 31
Enugu 1,043 170 852 21
Ebonyi 960 20 913 27
Kwara 936 227 684 25
Katsina 771 290 457 24
Osun 768 118 634 16
Abia 749 99 643 7
Borno 740 58 646 36
Gombe 709 81 605 23
Bauchi 643 84 545 14
Imo 521 331 180 10
Benue 430 282 139 9
Nasarawa 396 112 272 12
Bayelsa 370 24 325 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Akwa Ibom 271 43 220 8
Niger 237 57 168 12
Ekiti 218 104 110 4
Adamawa 206 32 159 15
Anambra 194 17 159 18
Sokoto 158 4 138 16
Kebbi 90 0 82 8
Cross River 80 13 59 8
Zamfara 78 1 72 5
Taraba 78 19 55 4
Yobe 67 0 59 8
Kogi 5 0 3 2

Protect yourself and others from the spread COVID-19

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
  • Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
  • This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

Safe use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

To protect yourself and others against COVID-19, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water. If you use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, make sure you use and store it carefully.

    • Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizers out of children’s reach. Teach them how to apply the sanitizer and monitor its use.
    • Apply a coin-sized amount on your hands. There is no need to use a large amount of the product.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose immediately after using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, as it can cause irritation.
    • Hand sanitizers recommended to protect against COVID-19 are alcohol-based and therefore can be flammable. Do not use before handling fire or cooking.
    • Under no circumstance, drink or let children swallow an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It can be poisonous.
    • Remember that washing your hands with soap and water is also effective against COVID-19.

SOURCES – WHO, NCDC

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