Good day, here is the COVID-19 update for your reading pleasure today, Saturday, April 11, 2020.
Nigeria now has 305 cases
Anambra and Niger states have reported their first case of coronavirus. There is an addition of seventeen new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria at the moment. This brings the total cases recorded so far to 305. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos has eight, Katsina has three, two in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger, Kaduna, Anambra, and Ondo states have one each.
Lagos which is the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria now has 166 cases, followed by FCT- 56; Osun- 20; Edo- 12; Oyo- 11; Bauchi- 6; Akwa Ibom- 5; Ogun- 4; Kaduna- 6; Enugu- 2; Ekiti- 2; Rivers-2; Kwara- 2; Delta- 2; Benue- 1; Ondo- 2; Niger-1, Anambra and Katsina-2.
So, 58 people have been discharged with seven deaths recorded so far. The new cases also brought the number of states affected to 18, excluding the FCT.
FG may extend lockdown
Due to the rising number in cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and FCT, there are indications that the federal government may extend lockdown.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast on March 29 ordered to total lockdown of Lagos, FCT and Ogun state for 14 days in a bid to curtail spread of the virus.
Speaking at the daily briefing, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, noted that the committee had earlier met the President at the Aso Rock Villa.
“The PTF, a small committee of us, this afternoon, had the privilege of further briefing Mr President on the assessment of our response to COVID-19 and, at the appropriate moment, we will continue to adequately inform Nigerians of government decisions.
Minister speaks the use of Chinese drugs
Meanwhile, the medicines brought into the country as gifts by the Chinese government to further strengthen the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), will go through screening of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before they are used.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this during the briefing. He further explained that the purpose of the Chinese medical team is to provide technical support for the nation’s healthcare workers, especially on the tactics and strategies they used to reduce the cases of coronavirus in their country.
The Chinese are currently under quarantine.
No need for lockdown extension
Adesunbo Onitiri, a renowned socio-political activist has advised the Federal and Lagos State governments not to extend the ongoing lockdown in Lagos State and Abuja.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu should rather as a matter of urgency, find ways to relax it.
The critic in a press statement in Lagos warned that any extension of the lockdown might lead to aggravated aggression borne out of hunger and immeasurable suffering by the masses.
Onitiri instead said the government should do instead urgently peg the astronomical rise in food prices, provide drugs in government hospitals and offer free healthcare packages for the people.