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COVID-19 transmittable through air – Ihekwazu

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… NCDC announces 595 new cases as Lagos closes illegal test centre

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that coronavirus could be transmitted through the air according to new evidence of studies.

  The federal health agency in a tweet on its official handle disclosed this during Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on yesterday, while announcing 595 new cases of coronavirus in the country, bringing current total figure to 33,153 that the disease spread.

  According to the report released as at midnight yesterday, Nigeria’s total infections rate has maintained an upward rise, hitting 33,153 with 13,671 recoveries and 744 deaths across 20 states with Lagos topping the chart again with 156 cases while Oyo occupies second spot with 141 cases.

  The data also reveals that 224 people have recovered in the last 24 hours while four people have died during the same period.

  Breakdown of the data according to state by state new infections record sees Lagos having 156 cases, Oyo, 141, FCT, 99 Edo, 47, Kaduna, 27, Ondo, 22, Rivers, 20, Osun, 17, Imo, 13, Plateau, 10, Nasarawa, eight, Anambra, eight, Kano, five, Benue, five,  Borno, five, Ogun, four, Taraba, three, Gombe, three, Kebbi, one, Cross Rivers, one.

  NCDC emphasised that there are new evidence suggesting that COVID-19 may be transmitted through the air according to the Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu during his presentation yesterday.

  He explained that before now the virus was believed to only be transmittable through droplets that emanate from the nose and the mouth and fall to the ground, a top known fact about the deadly coronavirus in China.

  Ihekweazu, however,noted that new studies about the infections show that the disease may also be airborne.  

  In a related development, Lagos State government has announced the closure of a laboratory in Ikoyi, where alleged illegal COVID-19 tests are being carried out.

  This was disclosed in a tweet over the weekend.  Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, said Lagos State ministry of health through Health Facility Monitoring And Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), sealed a private laboratory located at Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID-19 tests without the required government approval.

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