The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday recorded 176 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 5,621.

NCDC also said that five new patients have been confirmed dead in the country, bringing the total number of deaths to 176.

The 176 new cases were reported from 14 states:  Lagos (95), Oyo (31), FCT (11), Niger (8), Borno (8), Jigawa (6), Kaduna (4), Anambra (3), Edo (2), Rivers (2), Nasarawa (2), Bauchi (2), Benue  (1), Zamfara (1).

The NCDC noted that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The health agency said that as at May 16, 5621 cases have been confirmed with 3973 Active Cases, 1472 discharged cases and 176 deaths in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC said cloth masks could facilitate the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 if not handled properly.

Highlighting the Dos and Don’ts of “Cloth face Masks”, NCDC said that cloth face masks were a convenient substitute to medical face masks for the current global situation.

It said, however, that the Clothe masks should not be worn by individuals who were at a high risk for complications due to COVID-19.

According to the Centre, health care workers, people caring for the sick, experiencing respiratory symptoms like coughing and sneezing, with chronic medical conditions and the elderly should wear medical face masks.