The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 162 new cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 54,905.
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
Nigeria continued its week of recording less than 200 new cases of COVID-19 per day with Saturday’s 162 new confirmed cases.
The agency said that three deaths were recorded in the country.
The NCDC noted that till date, 54,905 cases had been confirmed, 42,922 patients discharged and 1,054 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to the public health agency, the 162 cases are reported from 14 states and FCT.
It said that Lagos State led with 53 cases, followed by Gombe State with 21 new infections.
Other states with new cases included Oyo (19), Delta (12), Ondo (11), Plateau (10), Ebonyi (9), FCT (6), Kwara (6), Kaduna (5), Rivers (3), Ogun (2), Anambra (2), Imo (2), and Ekiti (1).
The NCDC reiterated that one way through which the virus had been spreading was by touching contaminated surfaces, and then touching the face with the unwashed hands.
“Ensure all surfaces are cleaned with soap and water or disinfectants at intervals to prevent transmission of the virus.
“Observing physical distance reduces the risk of contact with droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
“Take responsibility to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread by wearing a face mask, observing physical distance and washing your hands frequently.
“Wearing masks in combination with frequent hand washing and physical distancing measures, have been shown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” it advised Nigerians.
The public health agency disclosed that at times, the COVID-19 test results could take longer than expected.
“While you wait for your result, self-isolate from friends and family. Also, please do not self-medicate; you may be putting yourself at risk,” it counselled the citizens.
However, NCDC said that one major output from the pandemic was the increasing investment in health security.
The agency assured Nigerians that it would continue to work with states to sustain these investments.