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COVID-19: FG Issues Warning As Death Toll Nears 1,000


The Nigeria Government has warned that the 945 deaths recorded in COVID-19 pandemic cases is a wakeup call for citizens to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and take appropriate measures to avoid being infected.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The Minister revealed that, as at August 10, 2020, Nigeria has recorded 46,577 cases from 317,496 samples tested so far, while 33,186 persons have been treated and discharged.

He added that 945 persons have been lost to the COVID-19, which had now been identified in 549 of the 774 local government areas.

He stressed that the figures show that Nigeria is also sadly approaching the symbolic 1,000 number of fatalities, a grim reality that should be a wakeup call for us.

He further said until there is a vaccine, the only options we have to protect ourselves, are still the non-pharmaceutical measures that are proven to be cheap and effective, such as the appropriate use of face masks, physical distancing and avoiding crowds.

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