NCDC Announces 501 New Cases, 519 Recoveries, 3 Casualties


NCDC Announces 501 New Cases, 519 Recoveries, 3 CasualtiesNigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, December 21 announced 501 new coronavirus cases, 519 successfully treated patients and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The health agency made the announcement via its Twitter page with the new cases recorded in 17 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The breakdown of the new cases are as follows; Lagos-218, FCT-112, Kaduna-53, Plateau-24, Katsina-21, Kano-16, Yobe-14, Ondo-10, Ogun-9, Edo-7, Bayelsa-5, Rivers-4, Borno-4, Osun-2 and Ekiti-2.

With the new toll, the total number of cases in the country has now increased from 77,933 to 78,434 while figures of discharged patients moved from 67,784 to 68,303.

A total of 
1,221 deaths have now been recorded thus far in Africa’s most populous country as 3 new deaths was reported in the last 24 hours.

Also, Nigeria has so far tested over 800,000 of its 200 million population for the virus.

In other news, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday said the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England because a new strain of the coronavirus was“out of control”.

Hancock also suggested parts of England will be stuck in the new highest tier of restrictions until a vaccine is rolled out.

He added;

Unfortunately the new strain was out of control. We have got to get it under control.

We’ve got to get it under control and the way we can do that, the only way you can do that, is by restricting social contact.

Cases have absolutely rocketed, so we’ve got a long way to go. I think it will be very difficult to keep it under control until the vaccine has rolled out.

The new development has caused many European countries to ban travel from the UK even as World Health Organization calls for stronger containment measures over the new strain of virus.

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