Good day. Here are the updates for COVID-19 in Nigeria today April 13, 2020.
COVID-19: NCDC discharges 85
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported five new cases of COVID-19. According to the government agency, out of the five, 2 each were discovered in Lagos and Kwara while one was in Katsina, which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 323.
The number of discharge patients have now risen to 85 with 10 deaths recorded. Presently, the cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria have been confirmed in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territoty (FCT).
According to the NCDC, majority of the active cases were in stable condition. Lagos is still the epicentre of the pandemic virus with 176 cases, while FCT has 56. Osun has 20 cases, Edo has 12, 11 in Oyo, six in Bauchi and five in Akwa Ibom.
Kastina has five cases, Kwara has four, Kaduna has six, Ogun has seven, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta, Ondo and Rivers have two each while Benue, Niger, Anambra and Kano have one each.
Osun probes spoilt palliative rice
The Osun state government has commenced a probe into some adulterated bags of rice shared to residents as palliatives to cushion the effects of lockdown in the state.
There was an outcry in some parts of the state, following the distribution of 6020 bags of rice Wednesday, but residents complained bitterly about the quality of the rice shared.
The Commissioner of Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, in a statement, acknowledged the complaints, saying the State government was pained by the development and had immediately begun an investigation to establish the source of the affected bags.
Kano gov’t tells returnees to come for test
The Kano state government has insisted that all returnees into the state from anywhere with Coronavirus (COVID-19) history must turn themselves in for a test.
The Health Ministry’s spokesman Hadiza Namadi, in a statement directed anyone with direct contact with confirmed cases to submit self for examination and urged all those who recently travelled to foreign nations and states, particularly those with the pandemic history to contact the ministry of health on the telephone through 09093995333 09093995444 and 08002684356.
Air Peace speaks on abscond from quarantine rumour
Air Peace has said that none of its members on a flight to China absconded from the quarantine facility provided by the Lagos state government.
Referring to its flight that airlifted medical supplies and Chinese medical personnel, operated by Boeing B777-200 ER (P4 5-NBVE), which arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on April 8, 2020, Air Peace’s Chief Operating Officer, Toyin Olajide, said all the crew that operated the flight, which include six pilots, eight cabin crew, two engineers and one dispatch officer were still quarantined under the supervision of the Lagos State government, having been tested and they were negative before embarking on the trip.
In line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) protocol to ensure that its crew members were protected from exposure to the virus, she said none of the crew members came out of the aircraft on arrival at Beijing airport, while the aircraft was loaded with medical supplies and the Chinese medical team boarded the aircraft from the central door and stayed in the business class cabin and the flight left for Nigeria.