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Lagos, Abuja top as Nigeria records 324 new COVID-19 cases

As the battle against Coronavirus continues, Nigeria has recorded 324 new cases of the deadly virus in 10 states and the federal capital territory, Abuja.

This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its daily update on December 4, 2020.

According to the states breakdown, Lagos and FCT topped the list of new cases, with 115 and 110 infections respectively, followed by Kaduna with 57 positive samples.

With 176 persons discharged on Friday – including 70 patients in Lagos — the total number of recoveries has now increased to 64,467.

However, no new fatality was recorded, leaving the death toll at 1,179.

A total of 68,627 persons have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus, out of which 2,981 are currently active cases.

Meanwhile, Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), at a media briefing on Friday, called on countries to continue to adhere to safety measures despite the progress made on availability of vaccines.

“Progress on vaccines gives us all a lift and we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, WHO is concerned that there is a growing perception that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The truth is that at present, many places are witnessing very high transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which is putting enormous pressure on hospitals, intensive care units and health workers,” he said.

“Even as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out, people will need to keep adhering to public health measures so that everyone is protected. We know it’s been a hard year and people are tired, but in hospitals that are running at, or over, capacity; it’s the hardest it can possibly be.

“My personal ask to people is simple, please be careful, think of health workers and act for the greater good, because it will save lives and livelihoods.”

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