COVID-19 Nigeria Update Today

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced an additional 238 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.
From the figures announced, 92 are from Kano, FCT has 36; Lagos, the epicenter of the virus has 30, Gombe -16, Bauchi-10, Delta-8, Oyo -6, Zamfara and Sokoto have five each, Ondo and Nasarawa have four each, Kwara,Edo, Ekiti Borno and Yobe have three cases each, Adamawa has two while Niger, Imo, Ebonyi, Rivers, and Enugu have one case each.
The total number of confirmed cases by the NCDC is now 2170, out of which 351 has been discharged while 68 have died.
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The state by state analysis shows that Lagos has recorded 1006 cases, Kano -311, FCT -214, Gombe -92, Borno -69, Ogun-56,Bauchi-48,Edo-47,Sokoto-41,Katsina-40,Kaduna-35,Osun-34,Oyo-29,Delta-17,Akwa Ibom-16,Kwara-14,River-14,Ondo-14,Ekiti-11,Zamfara-9,Taraba-8,Jigawa-7,Nasarawa-7,Bayelsa-5,Enugu-4,Adamawa-4,Yobe-4,Niger-3,Ebonyi-3,Abia-2,Imo-2,Kebbi-2,Benue-1,Anambra-1,and Plateau-1.

Sanwo-Olu releases names of Lagos COVID-19 RESPONSE donors

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has released the names of individuals and corporate organisations that donated to the state government towards the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, the release of the list is in line with his administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

He noted that the donations were in cash and materials such as hospital items, personal protection equipment (PPE), ambulances, respirators, isolation facilities, and food items to support the vulnerable and the needy during the period of lockdown were acknowledged by the governor in a widely circulated advertisement published in some major national newspapers.

He also said the government would name the public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies for recognition and appreciation for their show of love and magnanimity.

Educationist urges FG Allow Nigerian scientists research into local herbs

Chancellor of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Osun State, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, has urged the Federal Government to encourage Nigerian scientists and researchers to explore the use of local herbs in the treatment of Coronavirus.

Adedoyin, who is an educationist made the appeal in Ife, Osun State disclosed that he was setting up a research institute inside Oduduwa University immediately and had earmarked $50,000 for this purpose alone.

He further said that before the advent of orthodox medicine, Africans had been using traditional herbs to treat different ailments and diseases successfully, adding that COVID-19 was not an exception.

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He, therefore, advised the Nigerian government to look inwards and try to find internal and homegrown solutions to the disease rather than wait for solutions from the western world, which may not come anytime soon.

Access bank to layoff 75 percent of its staff

Access bank is planning to layoff 75 percent of its staff due to the outcome of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Herbert Wigwe, the group managing director of Access Bank, has mulled the bank’s plan via video conferencing in a town hall meeting with the bank’s staff. He said those to be affected by the mass retrenchment are 75% of the bank’s staff, most of whom are outsourced and are offering “non-essential services.

He explained that some of the security men, tea girls, cleaners, tellers etcetera, etcetera.

Lockdown relaxation premature – NMA

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is against the decision of the Federal Government to relax the stay-at-home order.

The medical body of Nigerian doctors described the move as premature and can potentially expose more Nigerians to the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The association warns that the country could experience a bounce in the number of coronavirus cases as health workers are grappling with numerous challenges like lack for bed spaces in epicenters of the pandemic, especially Lagos, unraveled cause(s) of deaths in Kano State and delay in the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to public and private hospitals, among others.

President Muhammadu Buhari had declared a two-week lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Teritory (FCT) Abuja during his first address on the pandemic on March 29, 2020, to enable the country tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 12, the President addressed the nation again on the same issue, announcing an extension of the lockdown by two weeks.

However, on April 27, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a ‘phased and gradual easing’ of lockdown measures in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun when he extended the lockdown by one week.

The relaxation of lockdown is billed to take effect from Monday, May 4, 2020.

Nigeria currently has 2,170 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 238 new cases recorded nationwide yesterday.

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