Nigeria on Saturday recorded 779 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as its total infections hit 24,077.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Twitter, saying the new cases were reported in 22 states, with four deaths.

The new cases make up for the highest single-day tally for COVID-19 infections in the country.

Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 285 new cases and Rivers was second with 68 new infections.

Others are FCT (60), Edo (60), Enugu (56), Delta (47), Ebonyi (42), Oyo (41), Kaduna (19), Ogun (18), Ondo (16), Imo (12), Sokoto (11), Borno (9) Nasarawa (8), Abia (5), Gombe (5), Kebbi (5), Kano (4), Yobe (3), Ekiti (3) and Osun (2).

The NCDC said that till date, 24,077 cases have been confirmed, 14, 115 active, 8,625 treated and discharged, 127, 158 samples collected and 558 deaths recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

On the appropriate use of face masks and face shields, the agency said: “Face masks are very important in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially in situations where physical distancing may be difficult, such as on public transportation, markets and in areas where there is a significant amount of community transmission.

”For effective protection, face shields are used in combination with an appropriate face mask in healthcare settings.

”There is currently limited to no evidence on the effectiveness of face shields to prevent COVID-19 when used alone by the general public in non-healthcare settings.

”There is currently no guidance provided by the WHO or other relevant public health authority that recommends the use of face shields in non-healthcare settings to prevent COVID-19.”

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