Chidi Samuel| The rising number of the coronavirus cases in the country continued on Thursday with 675 new infections, even as the federal government has asked states to prepare COVID-19 centres for reopening.
According to a statement by the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control via its verified Twiter handle late on Thursday night, the new infections were recorded in 16 states and the FCT.
The Updates by the health agency further revealed that the FCT recorded the highest number of cases -183, followed by Lagos-128, Kaduna-85, Kwara-57, katsina-50, and plateau-42.
Other states with new infections include, Rivers-39, kano-33, Ondo-21, Ogun-17, Bauchi-10, Sokoto-5, Edo-2, Ekiti-1, Bayelsa-1, and Delta-1.
The health agency further noted that so far, Nigeria has 71,344 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus with 65,474 discharges, and 1,190 fatalities.
FG asks COVID-19 isolation centres to prepare for reopening
Meanwhile, following the rising number of fresh infections, the federal government on Thursday directed COVID-19 treatment centres across the country to prepare for reopening.
Some of the centres were shut after the country recorded a decline in cases.
Nigeria’s minister of health, Osagie Ehanire who made the disclosure while speaking at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 said he had directed health workers to be on red alert.
Ehanire said, “We are seeing the increase in the number of confirmed covid19 cases in the last few days, which we have frequently alluded to in recent times. This rightly suggests that we may just be on the verge of a second wave of this pandemic”.
”Last week, we recorded 1843 against 1,235 two weeks before that and 1,126 the week before that.”
“In the past 24 hours, 474 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded, with an indication that this week’s figure will beat last week’s. As at today, we have crossed the 70,000 mark with a total of 70,669 confirmed cases of which 65,242 have been treated and discharged. Sadly the number of deaths has now reached 1184 as against 1,167 two weeks before.
“Everyone of us has a role to play in the effort to prevent explosive spread of this infection in Nigeria. While we strive for the best, we must prepare for a possible second wave which we must ensure, does not get to be worse than what we have seen so far, judging from what we observe in other countries.
“The US, UK, and other countries are going through very difficult times, and we do sympathize with them. To prepare ourselves, I have directed that all Isolation and Treatment Centres, which were hitherto closed due to reduced patient load, to be prepared for reopening and the staff complement put on alert.”