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COVID-19 Cases Curve Yet To Flatten In Nigeria As 35 New Cases Recorded – NCDC Commences Sensitisation On Face Mask Usage

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Nigeria recorded Thirty-Five, (35) New cases, according to the update released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on the evening of Thursday, April 17, 2020, bringing the number of cases recorded in the country to Four Hundred And Forty-Two, (442).

The update, also, indicated that, One Hundred And Fifty-Two, (152), cases have, so far, been discharged, while Thirteen, (13), deaths have been recorded.

Lagos State recorded Nineteen, (19), new COVID-19 cases, while the Federal capital Territory, Abuja, recorded Nine, (9) new cases, with Kano State recording Five, (5), new cases and Oyo State, recoding Two, (2), new cases.

The update shows that Lagos State is still leading the chart of States with cases of COVID-19, with a total number of  now stands at Two Hundred And Fifty-One, (251), cases, with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja having Sixty-Seven, (67), cases and Kano State having Twenty-One, (21), cases.

Osun State currently has Twenty, (20), cases, while Edo State has Fifteen, (15), cases, with Oyo State has Thirteen, (13), while Ogun State has Nine, (9), cases. Katsina State has Seven, (7), cases, while Akwa Ibom, Bauchi and Kaduna States have Six, (6), cases each.

Delta and Kwara States, have Four, (4), cases each, while Ondo State, has Three, (3), cases, with, while Ekiti, Enugu, Niger and Rivers States, have Two, (2), cases, each. Anambra and Benue States, have One, (1), case each.

Face Mask Sesnitisation By NCDC 
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There has been a debate, of recent, on whether people should put on a Face Mask, when leaving the house or not, but a visit to the Twitter handle of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, a while ago, however, shows that, the Centre has commenced a sensitization on the use of Facemask, in conjunction with maintaining social distancing, washing of hands and maintaining general hygiene.

The snag, however, is that, Face Masks have, suddenly, become scarce commodities, ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The few pharmacies and supermarkets that still have Face Masks in stock, now sell, way beyond the usual prices, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government should, therefore, find a way of making the Face Mask available to the people either, free of charge or at affordable prices, so, they can comply with the requirements of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to further protect, as many people as possible, from contracting the virus and flatten the curve.

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