Nobody in Nigeria was killed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says.
The good news comes as Nigeria continues a gradual reopening of its economy and other aspects of national life.
The country’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic stands at 1,100 as of Tuesday.
The total coronavirus infections, however, rose to 57,613 after 176 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. Only 7,500 of these are still carrying the virus as the other 48,836 infected persons have been discharged after recovering from COVID-19.
People above the age of 65 and those living with other health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity are vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Health minister Osagie Ehanire said about 10 per cent of the total cases in Nigeria affect those who are below the age of 19 but “complications do occur in all age groups”.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus named SARS-Cov-2. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
Coronavirus infections were first reported in Wuhan, China, from where it spread to the rest of the world.
The virus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.
All over the world, health authorities and experts urge people to protect themselves from the coronavirus by wearing a mask, taking vitamins D and C supplements, exercising, practising basic hygiene and avoiding crowded and poor-ventilated indoor spaces.