Nigeria’s total number of COVID-19 cases soar to 24,077, 779 new cases recorded.

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779 new COVID-19 cases were recorded yesterday according to NCDC, this recent addition sums up the total number of cases to 24,077, NCDC relayed this information through its Twitter handle.

The 779 cases were reported across 22 states, with four deaths, and no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours. 

The breakdown of the new cases are given below

Lagos – 285

Rivers – 68

FCT – 60

Edo – 60

Enugu – 56

Delta – 47

Ebonyi – 42

Oyo – 41

Kaduna – 19

Ogun – 18

Ondo – 16

Imo – 12

Sokoto – 11

Borno – 9 

Nasarawa – 8

Abia – 5

Gombe – 5

Kebbi – 5

Kano – 4

Yobe – 3

Ekiti – 3

Osun – 2

24,077 confirmed

8,625 discharged

558 deaths

The News Agency of Nigeria reports guidelines given by NCDC on the appropriate use of face masks and face shields:

“Face masks are very important in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially in situations where physical distancing may be difficult, such as on public transportation, markets and in areas where there is a significant amount of community transmission.

“For effective protection, face shields are used in combination with an appropriate face mask in healthcare settings.

“There is currently limited to no evidence on the effectiveness of face shields to prevent COVID-19 when used alone by the general public in non-healthcare settings.

“There is currently no guidance provided by the WHO or other relevant public health authority that recommends the use of face shields in non-healthcare settings to prevent COVID-19” it said.

Since the effectiveness of face shields in protection against COVID-19 isn’t really proven, NCDC advises that face shields alone shouldn’t be used as a protective measure, but should be combined with facemask.

They also noted that no single intervention even when used properly is a sure protection against COVID-19, so NCDC enjoins citizens to combine the use of face masks or face shields with the social and public health measures given by the Federal/State Ministries of Health and the NCDC.

“This includes maintaining a distance of two metres between you and the next person, frequent handwashing with soap and running water or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid public gatherings.

“The NCDC will continue to update its recommendations as knowledge about COVID-19 evolves,” NCDC said.