Good day. Here are the latest updates on COVID-19 in Nigeria for today, April 28, 2020.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 64 new cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 1337.
Out of the 64 cases, 34 are in Lagos, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria, 15 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 11 in Borno, two each in Taraba and Gombe states respectively.
Presently, 255 patients have been discharged after treatment while 40 deaths have been recorded so far.
Buhari ends lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a reprieve for citizens in Lagos and the Ogun States and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from next week after a month of lockdown to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
The President on Monday night announced that the easing of the lockdown will be effective from Monday, May 4th, 2020 while the new measures will take effect.
Meanwhile, Kano State, whose positive virus cases rose steadily in the past two weeks, and people dying of “strange ailments,” was slammed with two weeks total lockdown to check the virus spread.
Akeredolu blames security agents
Ondo Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has blamed the recklessness of security agents to the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic to eight in the state.
Speaking at a news briefing on COVID-19 update yesterday in Akure, the governor explained that the fourth and fifth cases occurred on Saturday, while the sixth, seventh and eighth cases were discovered on Sunday.
He said the fourth case is a policeman who resides in Lagos but his family is in Ondo. He came to Ondo without waiting for the result of the test in the company of the fifth case.
Akeredolu also revealed that the sixth case was a murder suspect arrested in Edo and transferred to Ondo for trial of crime earlier committed in the state. The seventh case was a female civilian who sneaked into the state from Abuja, while the eighth case was discovered in Owo.
Kano Almajiri returnees among new cases in Kaduna
The Kaduna State government has said one of the almajiri repatriated from Kano State was among those who just tested positive with the Coronavirus.
This was revealed by the Health Commissioner Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni yesterday, following the earlier announcement by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night.
While confirming that the state currently has nine cases, Dr. Mohammed-Baloni said the contacts of the new cases were being traced so that they could be monitored and tested, if they met the case definition.
Tinubu, wife test negative
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi, have tested negative to COVID-19.
Tinubu, his wife, and their aides submitted themselves to COVID-19 tests at the weekend, following the death of his Chief Security Officer, Alhaji Lateef Raheem.
The result of the test of the couple and some aides came out negative, the result for one aide was positive.