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Officially Recorded COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria Stands At 4,971 – Mustapha Warns Nigerians Against Recycling Face Masks

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Officially recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, as at Wednesday, May 11, 2020, stand at Four Thousand, Nine Hundred And Seventy One, (4,971).

This was according to the update given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, at the PTF on COVID-19 briefing, in the evening of Thursday, May 13, 2020.

New cases recorded yesterday, according to the update is One Hundred And Eighty-Four, (184), while One Hundred And Seventy, (1,070), cases have so far been discharged, with One Hundred And Sixty Four, (164), deaths have been recorded from the virus.

The number of current active cases, according to the update, stands at, Three Thousand, Seven Hundred And Thirty-Seven, (3,737).

The number of samples tested, in Nigeria, as at the update, is Twenty Nine Thousand, And Four Hundred And Eight, (29,408).

The update shows that Lagos State recorded Fifty-One, (51), new cases, while Jigawa State recorded Twenty-Three, (23), new cases, with Bauchi and Katsina States recording Sixteen, (16), new cases each.

Kano State recorded Fourteen, (14), new cases, while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Rivers State recorded Ten, (10), new cases each, with Kwara State recording Nine, (9), new cases.

Delta and Kaduna States recorded Five, (5), new cases each, while Oyo and Sokoto States recorded Four, (4), new cases each, with Kebbi, Nasarawa and Osun States recording Three, (3), new cases each.

Ondo State recorded Two, (2), new cases, with Anambra, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Niger and Plateau States recording One, (1), case each.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, who is, also, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has warned Nigerians to desist from picking face masks from dump sites for recycling and sale to the general public.

This practice, he stated, is harmful for the scavengers and members of the public.

“The PTF has become aware of the on-going practice, of sharing masks and picking of masks for recycling from dumpsites.

This places lots of responsibilities, on all of us, to be self-educated and to educate others.

With the exception, of fabric masks, every disposable used mask is, a hazardous medical waste and should be disposed of properly, preferably by burning”, Mustapha stated.

“It is very risky, to share masks, as the virus is capable, of remaining on surfaces, for several hours and you could get infected.

The unhealthy practice of picking up disposed masks, for whatever purpose is, harmful to both the individual picking it and whoever procures it later,” he warned.


Featured Image: ncdc.gov.ng


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