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Recorded COVID-19 Cases in Nigeria on the Rise With 386 Cases in One Day – Lagos Set to Begin Clinical Trials of Chloroquine

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Three Hundred And Eighty-Six, (386), new COVID-19 cases, were confirmed in Nigeria, yesterday, Friday, May 8, 2020.

This was made known in an update given, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

This figure shows a continued rise in the number of cases in Nigeria, as Three Hundred And Eighty-One, (381), cases were recorded on Thursday.

The update shows that, confirmed recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is now Three Thousand, Nine Hundred And Twelve, (3,912), with Six Hundred And Seventy-Nine, (679), of those cases discharged and One Hundred And Seventeen, (117), deaths recorded.

The number of active cases in Nigeria, as at yesterday, stood at Three Thousand One Hundred And Sixteen, (3,116), cases.

The update, also, shows that a total of Twenty Three Thousand, Eight Hundred And Thirty-Five, (23,835), tests, have so far been carried out in Nigeria.

This still indicates that Nigeria, with a population of about 200 million is, not testing enough and many people walking the streets may already be infected and spreading it to other people.

The new cases recorded, as viewed from the update, showed that, Lagos State recorded One Hundred And Seventy-Six, (176), new cases, while Kano State recorded Sixty-Five, (65), new cases, with Katsina State recording Thirty-One, (31), new cases.

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, recorded Twenty, (20), new cases, while Borno State recorded Seventeen, (17), new cases, with Bauchi State recording Fifteen, (15), new cases.

Nasarawa State recorded Fourteen, (14), new cases, while Ogun State recorded Thirteen, (13), new cases, with Plateau State recording Ten, (10), new cases.

Rivers and Sokoto States recorded Four, (4), new cases each, while Kaduna State recorded Three, (3), new cases, with Ebonyi, Edo and Ondo States recording Two, (2), new cases each. Enugu, Gombe, Imo and Osun States, recorded One, (1), new case each.

In a development that is viewed as a positive one, Lagos State will commence clinical trials of Chloroquine on the COVID-19 cases recorded in the State, within one week from now.

This was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, while briefing journalists.

This is, as a result of the National Food And Drugs Administration, NAFDAC, approving the drug for clinical trials, since March 20, 2020.

Professor Abayomi stated noted, the clinical trials were coming at the most appropriate time, as the number of cases in the State, which now stands at, One Thousand And Sixty Seven, (1.667), recorded cases and currently treating One Thousand, One Hundred And Eighty-Six, (1,186), cases, had been on the rise in recent times.

He, however, admitted challenges that may be faced in carrying out the clinical trials and assured that these will be surmounted.

“To put together a clinical trial, is a very difficult thing; there are people that specialize in clinical research.

We have to perform the clinical trial, in such a way that, we would be able to get a very clear result, out of it and it won’t have any bias”, Professor Abayomi assured.

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