Source of 203 Coronavirus cases in the country unknown, says NCDC

By our reporter| The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control on Wednesday said the origin of 203 of the 782 confirmed COVID-19 infections in the country remains unknown.

This according to the ‘COVID19Nigeria situation report for 21st of April 2020’ published by the health agency.

According to the report, 8,934 samples have been tested in 24 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The report noted that of the 782 that tested positive for the virus, 544 (70 per cent) are males while 238 (30 per cent) are females.

The data also revealed that people within age bracket 31-40 constituted 20 per cent of those infected.

While giving the summary of the cases provenance, the report read, “travel history – 210 (27 per cent); contacts – 274 (35 per cent); unknown source – 203 (26 per cent) and incomplete – 95 (12 per cent).”

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It also showed that the NCDC had identified 9,233 persons of interest among whom 9,079 (98 per cent) have exceeded follow up.

The NCDC also said 25 persons have died from coronavirus-related complications in the country while 197 have recovered.

The centre stated that there are 560 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.

According to the centre the breakdown of cases by states shows, Lagos 430, FCT-118, Kano-73, Osun-20, Ogun-20, Oyo-16, Katsina-16, Edo-15, Kwara- nine, Kaduna- nine, Akwa Ibom- nine, Borno- nine, Bauchi-eight, Gombe-five, Delta- four, Ekiti- four, Ondo- three, Rivers- three, Jigawa- two, Enugu- two, Niger- two, Abia- two, Benue- one, Anambra- one, and Sokoto-one.”

The NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health advised Nigerians to stay home and minimise contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease.

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