Nigeria records 117 new COVID-19 cases, total infections now 782

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 117 new cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In a tweet, the NCDC said 59 cases were recorded in Lagos and 14 in Kano.

The country’s total infections has now risen to 782

While deaths have risen to 25, at least 197 cases have recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, St. Nicholas Hospital has suspended operations in its Lagos Island branch for 14 days after it was exposed to persons positive for COVID-19.

In a statement made available to the Media Monday, the Clinical Director, St. Nicholas Hospital, Ebun Bamgboye said this was necessary because of the safety of its staff and patients.

He said: “We have contacted the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and as at April 18, our facility had been decontaminated by the Lagos State Government.The safety of our staff and patients is of paramount importance to us. As such, we are complying with the directive of the Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA) to suspend our services for two weeks.”

He said in order to keep in touch with patients, the hospital had introduced telemedicine services where patients could consult their doctors  via video and audio channels by calling.

He however stated that the hospital’s Victoria Island branch was open for operation.

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