The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 148 new cases of COVID19, taking the total to 2950.
From the new cases, 43 in Lagos, 32 from Kano; Zamfara has 14, FCT has 10, nine from Katsina, Taraba has seven, Borno and Ogun have six each, Oyo has five, Edo, Kaduna, Bauchi have three each, Adamawa and Gombe have two while Plateau, Sokoto, and Kebbi have one case each.
From the 2950 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, 481 patients have been discharged while 98 have died.
COVID-19: Nigeria not ruling out local herbs for treatment
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has said that the federal government has not ruled out the possibility of using local herbs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, provided it is certified by the Nigerian Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
Speaking during the briefing of members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 to members of the House of Representatives, Ehanire reiterated that it was wrong for hospitals to turn back patients as a result of fear of COVID-19.
He, therefore, said those who claim to have found cure should subject it to test by the Nigeria Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
IMF disburses $3.4b loan to Nigeria
The Federal Government has received the $3.4 billion emergency fund it requested from the International Monetary Fund(IMF).
This is coming barely 24 hours after receiving $311 million Abacha loot from the United States and the Island of Jersey,
The emergency fund which was approved by the IMF Board on April 28, comes under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). It is meant to assist Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19 and to resolve an urgent balance of payment needs.
34 more doctors positive
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kano State chapter, has said that 34 doctors have been tested positive of COVID-19 in the state within the last two weeks.
Chairman of NMA, Kano State chapter, Dr. Sanusi Bala, who confirmed the death of one of them revealed that 30 doctors in Lagos and Katsina states were reported on Monday to have tested positive to the virus as well.
Bala noted that many of the victims were the doctors working at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), while others work with private clinics in the state.
According to him, many of them were infected through normal clinical routines while attending to unsuspected COVID-19 cases.
UN promises not to leave any country behind
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, has said that the body won’t leave any country behind in terms of support in the fight against COVID-19.
The Nigerian diplomat and political scientist, stated this in virtual interview from New York, United States (U.S.) with the Nation.
Speaking on dinding common solutions to the pandemic, he said: ” our goal as a global polity is to focus on finding welcome solutions that affect all. For the record, regardless of the disputes around certain questions relating to origin or efficacy of the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been remarkable efforts around the world multilaterally, in the regions and beyond regions, within the pandemic.
Four defaulters test positive in Oyo
The Police has said that four people arrested out of the 11 defaulters of interstate lockdown order intercepted by the Oyo State Border Patrol Team have tested positive to Coronavirus.
According to them, they were Sokoto indigenes. They were arrested last Friday at Asejire, the boundary between Oyo and Osun states, and paraded on Saturday at Gbagi Divisional Police Station of the Oyo State Police Command.
A source at the State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) told The Nation that the four cases had been moved to the State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo in Ibadan, the state capital.