By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Nigerian health authorities reported an additional 501 COVID-19 cases Saturday from 24 states, bringing the country total to 15,682.


Eight more fatalities were reported putting the death toll to over 400.

Lagos state has recorded the most cases with 7035, about 45 percent of the country total.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported this weekend that they have developed new guidelines for places of worship in Nigeria. This is to ensure safe gatherings and prevent exposures to COVID-19 infection in religious settings.

To reduce the risk of infection in places of worship, NCDC offers the following guidance:

• There should be no entry without facemasks. All attendees and religious leaders must wear a face mask

• People who are sick should not go to places of worship. There should be temperature screening on entry

• Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers should be provided at point of entries and strategic points

• Attendance at religious settings should not exceed 1/3 of sitting capacity

• Religious centres should be clearly marked such that people sit and maintain two metres distance from each other

• There should be no form of direct contact. Practices such as handshakes as peace signs are discouraged

• Practices that require sharing of materials should be limited. For example, ablution should be performed at home

• Religious centres should be disinfected routinely, before and after worship