Nigeria confirms 94 new infections as NCDC says second wave of COVID-19 still possible

Chidi Samuel|Nigeria on Monday confirmed 94 new cases of the novel coronavirus, even as the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control warns that a second wave of the highly contagious virus remains very likely in the country.

In a statement via its verified Twitter handle late on Monday night, the country’s health watchdog revealed that the new cases were recorded in seven states and the FCT with Lagos leading with 50 new infections.

Other states with new cases include, FCT-24, Kwara-9
Edo-4, Kaduna-3, Ondo-2, and Plateau-2.

According to the NCDC, Nigeria currently has 64,184 confirmed cases of the noverl coronavirus, with 60,069 discharges, and 1,158 deaths.

NCDC warns that second wave of COVID-19 still possible despite drop in infections

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday warned that a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is still possible in the country despite the reduction in cases in recent weeks.

Ihekweazu who gave the warning at a media briefing organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), said disobeying the safety guidelines could lead to a spike in cases.

According to him, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.

He said, “We have slowly reopened our economy … and we did not see a spike in infections.”

“We have opened schools, we reopened airports, all of these have been done since. The next big challenge is the reopening of our NYSC camps.

“We are encouraged that with the type of collaboration we have achieved with NYSC, we will also be able to achieve these this over the next few weeks.”

Ihekweazu further added that the NCDC has put in place measures to ensure the virus does not spread as the NYSC camps reopen, including compulsory tests and wearing of face masks for corps members and enforcing social distancing.

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