COVID-19 Nigeria Update Today
The COVID-19 cases reported in Nigeria is now up to 1932 after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported another 204 new cases.
NCDC gave the breakdown of the new cases to 80 from Kano, 45 in Lagos, 12 in Gombe, 9 in Bauchi and Sokoto, 7 each in Borno and Edo, 6 each in Rivers and Ogun, four each in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Akwa Ibom, and Bayelsa, three in Kaduna, two each in Oyo, Delta, and Nasarawa while Ondo and Kebbi have one each.
Presently Nigeria has recorded 1932 confirmed cases, 391 discharged, and 58 deaths.
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Suspected COVID-19 patient held sneaking out of Anambra
The Anambra State government has apprehended a suspected COVID-19 patient identified simply as Chukwuma.
According to reports, Chukwuma was aprehended while attempting to sneak out of the state on foot after returning from Lagos State.
He was reportedly intercepted by Transport Commissioner Dr Christian Madubuko at Amansea, a boundary town between the state and Enugu, while addressing state’s task force on the need to ensure that the boundary remained closed.
The state government had classified Lagos as a high-risk state for the pandemic, urging Anambra State residents to alert its officials of any returnee from the state.
Madubuko, who confronted the man while walking through the road barricades at the boundary told reporters that he would only release the “suspect” if he was certified Coronavirus-free.
Fayemi names man who insisted on son’s test after Lagos trip as COVID-19 Ambassador
Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi has appointed a retired official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Commander Femi Adeoye, as an ambassador of the state’s Covid-19 Response.
Adeoye got in the news when he denied his Lagos-returnee son access to his house, because he refused to confirm his COVID-19 status.
Dr. Fayemi, who also appointed Adeoye as a member of the state’s Covid-19 Task Force, which he chaired, said the appointment was based on his integrity and exemplary show of valour in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic.
Isolation centers running out of space for patients
The fear of lack of bed space for coronavirus patients at isolation centers has heightened with the rise in the number of cases.
With just 3,500-bed spaces at the various isolation and treatment centres in the country, the country might suffer shortage of bed spaces due to the anticipated spike in positive cases as a result of the planned testing of two million people.
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Lagos, which is the epicenter of the pandemic in the country is about to reach 1,000 cases as at Thursday, out of which 718 are active and 192 discharged, is worst-hit.
The centre of excellence has about 540 bed spaces, at the five official isolation centers, excluding the spaces at private facilities including the one in Badagry.
The government is now seeking the possibility of home treatment. Besides, owners of uncompleted buildings or empty property are urged to donate them to the government for use.
Obaseki receives medical test kits, face masks, other from Chinese outfit
Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki has received 350,000 facemasks, 10,000 pairs of medical gloves, 18,000 pieces of test kits, 200 cartons of disinfectant and 40 pieces of decontamination equipment, valued at over N120 million from the management of Yongxing Steel Company.
The donation from Yongxing Steel Company, which operates at Utesi, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of Edo State, is one of the largest contributions we have received in the fight against COVIDー19 .
Speaking via his Twitter page, the governor said the donation of 350,000 facemasks by the outfit came at the right time, as it will help restock after distributing facemasks to residents during state-wide screening for coronavirus .
He also said that the test kits will help fast-track the screening process while awaiting confirmation from the laboratory. Our goal is to test 5,000 and screen 500,000 people.
The 10,000 pieces of medical gloves would assist our medical officers as they do their best to combat the scourge.