BREAKING: NCDC Confirms Six New COVID-19 Infections, Nigeria’s Total Cases Now 238

 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed six new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

In a tweet, the health agency says the total number of cases in Nigeria is 238 as of 9:30pm on Monday.

It revealed that Kwara and Edo recorded two cases respectively while Rivers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) confirmed a case each.

The total number of deaths recorded so far now stands at five while the figure of those who have been discharged increased from 33 to 35.

This comes hours after Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced that two more people had recovered in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had noted that the latest success made the number of people that have recovered from coronavirus in Lagos to 31.

He said the two persons – both females – were discharged from the government’s Infectious Disease Hospital after they tested negative twice for coronavirus.

Despite the latest development in Lagos, a total of 120 cases have been discovered in Lagos while 48 infections were confirmed in Abuja.

Others are Osun – 20, Edo – 11, Oyo – nine, Bauchi – six, Akwa Ibom – five, Kaduna – five, Ogun – four, Enugu – two, Ekiti – two, Rivers – two, Kwara – two, Benue – one, and Ondo – one.

See the case summary of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 6, 2020.

Total Confirmed cases238
Discharged35
Death5
States AffectedNo. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)No. of Cases (on admission)No. DischargedNo of Deaths
Lagos12086312
Abuja FCT483902
Osun201910
Edo11801
Oyo9800
Bauchi6300
Akwa Ibom5500
Kaduna5400
Ogun4220
Enugu2200
Ekiti2110
Kwara2000
Rivers2200
Benue1100
Ondo1100
Total238186355

COVID-19: Resident Doctors Kick Against FG’s Plan To Invite Chinese Medical Experts

File photo of medical personnel. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

 

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has kicked against a plan by the Federal Government to invite an 18-man Chinese team of medical experts including doctors, nurses and those with sundry expertise to assist Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

President of the association, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, in a statement made available to Channels Television, advised the Federal government to shelve the Plan of inviting the Chinese Medical team rather, and immediately engage all key relevant Nigerian medical experts including NARD and present the full intents and purpose of the planned importation of the Chinese experts for full evaluation, cost-benefit analysis and consensus on the best option.

He also noted that inviting the Chinese medical experts will amount the Federal Government to be championing “illegality”, as all doctors coming into Nigeria are supposed to be licensed by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Sokomba, therefore, noted that the Chinese medical experts have not been licensed to perform any job in the country.

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“The attempt to import Human resources for Health from China into Nigeria where many qualified medical doctors and other cadres of health workers are yet to be gainfully employed is the height of insensitivity and disservice on the part of the Federal Government and their advisers.

“The challenge at hand would have been sufficient marker to agitate the FG to the direction and timing for massive employment of medical and other health care workers to provide enough hands in the industry to battle the COVID 19 as other nations are doing”.

The Minister for Health, Osagie Ohanire had on Friday stated that China is sending in more kits as well as doctors to support the government’s efforts in the fight against the virus.

“I have been notified of gifts of medical supplies from China, courtesy of a group of Chinese companies working here in Nigeria. A special cargo aircraft shall leave Nigeria in a few days to collect the items which include commodities, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ventilators,” he said during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, adding that “Of great interest is that an 18-man team of medical experts, including doctors, nurses and public health advisers shall come along with the flight to assist us”.

The resident doctors, however, say they have distanced themselves from the plan.

“In the interim, NARD wishes to distance herself from the planned importation of Chinese medical experts to Nigeria in whatever guise or hood for the reasons presented in this write-up and many more,” Sokomba stated.

“NARD shall not contemplate further warning to distance herself from the Chinese adventure by way of withdrawing all her members from every public health facility in Nigeria so that the anticipated downturn in the output of Nigeria’s healthcare service delivery can be properly situated and traceable to the Chinese as is the case today in Italy.

“NARD hereby reiterates her position which was canvased earlier in the week for the FG to immediately and massively employ all qualified but unemployed doctors and other healthcare workers. Get them trained, insured, motivated and deployed nationwide”.

Nigeria Records Two More COVID-19 Deaths

File photo/ AFP

 

 

Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to four.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the two additional deaths on Friday in a tweet.

According to the health agency, the two deaths were recorded in Lagos and Edo States.

The NCDC also noted that the number of confirmed cases in the country had increased by 20.

The country’s total confirmed cases now stands at 210.

COVID-19: Nigeria Orders Foreign Missions To Compile List Of Citizens Willing To Return Home

A file Photo of Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

 

 

The Nigerian government has directed all its missions abroad to compile a list of citizens willing to return home.

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this on Friday in a statement by the spokesperson for the agency, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

She explained that the directive was sequel to requests by some Nigerians stranded abroad in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dabiri-Erewa urged interested Nigerians to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, who would then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She, however, said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed that the financial implications would be borne by the prospective evacuees, who would be compulsorily quarantined when they return.

The NIDCOM boss asked Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into the window by providing their information to the mission in their respective host countries.

She noted that while embassies in several countries were also on lockdown, those interested could go online and fill a form provided on the commission’s website.

Nigeria Records Four New COVID-19 Infections, Total Cases Rise To 139

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The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has risen to 139 after four new cases were discovered.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the new figure in a tweet on Tuesday, in its latest update on the disease.

Of the new cases, three were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) while one new case was discovered in Lagos.

 

This comes two days after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun State.

President Buhari had made the declaration as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus in the country.

Following the lockdown order, the President signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, which declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease.

According to his media aide, Femi Adesina, this is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on President Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.

As of 8pm on March 31, there are 139 confirmed cases with nine discharged while two deaths have been recorded in the country.

With the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, Lagos now has 82 reported while the FCT has 28.

Other states that have recorded at least one case are Oyo – eight, Osun – five, Ogun – four, Kaduna – three, Enugu – two, Edo – two, Bauchi – two, Ekiti – one, Rivers – one, and Benue – one.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Rise To 81, As Disease Spreads To Enugu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 11 new cases late Friday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 11 new cases late Friday.

 

Nigeria now has 81 confirmed cases of the coronavirus after 11 new cases were confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late Friday.

For the first time, the disease showed up in the country’s south-east as two cases were confirmed in Enugu state.

Lagos State, which has been described as the country’s hotspot, added eight cases, bringing the state’s total caseload to 52.

One other case was recorded in Edo State.

 

Earlier on Friday, the NCDC had reported the discovery of five new cases, three in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and two in Oyo state. No new case was reported in Lagos.

But the last announcement on Friday further strengthens Lagos’ status as the country’s hotspot.

In total, 16 new cases were confirmed on Friday.

Nigeria Will Go Into Recession If COVID-19 Continues Beyond Six Months – Finance Minister

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A file photo of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

 

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has warned that Nigeria may go into recession if the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues for the next couple of months.

She stated this during her appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today where she gave an update on measures taken to mitigate the effect of coronavirus on the nation’s economy.

“We are hopeful that this pandemic will be limited in time,” the minister said during the interview on Friday.

She added, “If it is an average of three months, we should be able to close the year with positive growth. But if it goes longer than that – six months, one year – we will go into recession.”

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According to Ahmed, the Federal and the state governments will struggle in terms of revenue, as long as the crude oil price is as low as $30 and sub-$30 per barrel.

 

She explained that this was why the government was looking for alternative sources of funding in the form of budget support to boost the economy towards the trying times.

As part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus and reduce its effect on the economy, the minister noted that President Muhammadu Buhari set up the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

She believes the committee, comprising key Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and chaired by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), is up to the tasked.

 

A Worse Impact

Ahmed also spoke about the recommendations of a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, to support Nigerians in the course of the pandemic.

Atiku had proposed the distribution of N10,000 to 30 million households as foodstuff supplements, reduction of the petrol pump price, and suspension of stamp duty.

The former vice president had also called for the provision of N1,500 free airtime to 100 million mobile phone lines for emergency calls.

In her response, the minister said the government has noted Atiku’s recommendations but the consequences were being considered.

The government, according to her, is looking at the possibility of giving out stipend and to increase the stipend that it is already giving out to the category of Nigerians that are classified as the poor and vulnerable.

Ahmed said, “What we are doing is to make sure that we are able to respond to the health crisis because if it gets out of hand, it has also a direct impact on the economy and we have so far shown that the country is able to respond adequately to the health crisis.

“Health facilities are being upgraded; we have found resources that we can put to also further upgrade. If we don’t respond adequately to the health crisis, the impact on the economy will be worse.”

Nigeria’s Super Falcons Go Up In Latest FIFA Ranking

File: Nigerian players react at the end of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Group A football match between Norway and Nigeria, on June 8, 2019, at the Auguste-Delaune Stadium in Reims, eastern France.
Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP

 

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have moved up one place, now 38th globally, in the latest rankings released by football governing body, FIFA, on Friday. 

In the first quarter 2020 Women’s World Rankings released by FIFA, the African champions moved a spot up from 39th in December 2019’s ranking in spite of their inactivity since playing a 2020 Olympics qualifier in October, 2019.

The West Africans, with the recent ranking, retained their top spot in Africa and they are followed by Cameroon, 51st globally, while South Africa, 53rd on the world scene, complete the top three sides on the continent.

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Ghana, and Equatorial Guinea are fourth and fifth in that order, according to FIFA’s latest ranking.

On the global scene, World Champions, USA, are top with Germany and France in second and third respectively.

France and the Netherlands, Sweden, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Korea DPR make up the top 10.

FIFA Top Five in Africa

1. Nigeria

2. Cameroon

3. South Africa

4. Ghana

5. Cote d’ivoire

FIFA World Top Five 

1.  USA

2. Germany

3. France

4. The Netherlands

5. Sweden

Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria Rise To 42

A file photo of the NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu.

 

 

Two new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 42.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced the latest figure in a tweet on Tuesday, hours after four cases were confirmed.

It revealed that the recently confirmed two cases were discovered in Lagos and Ogun States.

READ ALSO: Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria Rise To 36

The health agency explained that one of the cases was a returning traveller while the second case was a contact of a previously confirmed case.

It stressed that as of 1:00pm on March 24 in Nigeria, there are 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

Of the cases, 39 are active and two have been discharged with one death recorded in the country.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government says all participants at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) are most likely to have been exposed to coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Professor Akin Abayomi, announced this in a tweet on Tuesday.

He explained that the participants may have come in contact with one of the confirmed cases in Lagos at the hotel where the event held on March 14.

Abayomi, however, asked them not to panic but observe strict self-isolation in order to prevent possible further spread of the disease.

He also appealed to the participants to call the state government’s tollfree line – 08000corona – if they notice any of the COVID-19 related symptoms.

The commissioner urged residents of the state to play their part in the efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus by practicing social distancing.

NCAA Clarifies Restriction Of International Flights Into Nigeria

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has clarified the restriction of international flights into the country.

In a statement on Tuesday by its Director of Public Affairs, James Odaudu, it said flights considered essential for which permissions for landing may be sought and granted were excluded from the restriction.

According to the agency, these include aircraft in a state of emergency, overflights, and operations related to humanitarian services, as well as medical and relief services.

Others are alternate aerodromes identified in the flight plan, including those used for extended diversion time operations, technical stops where passengers do not disembark, cargo flights and other safety-related operations.

“It must be noted that, with the exception of aircraft in a state of emergency, request for approval for other flights is required and must be directed to the Honourable Minister of Aviation who is the sole authority to grant approval.

“It should be noted also that protocol for the operation and handling of such flights will be provided with each approval, while flight crew shall not have physical contact with designated government officials and ground workers,” the statement said.

The NCAA also revealed that all airline operators have been directed to deploy some measures to protect passengers and the citizens against the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

It said all persons entering any airport terminal – domestic and international – must undergo temperature check and hand-cleaning with sanitisers, and before being allowed to board any aircraft.

The agency added that all airplanes must be disinfected before boarding by passengers, stressing that the directives have been conveyed to all airline operators.

Health Minister Gives Update On COVID-19 After Nigeria Records First Death

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, is giving an update on COVID-19 after Nigeria recorded the first death as a result of the disease.

The press briefing is ongoing at the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This comes hours after the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country rose to 36.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed the new figure after announcing that six new cases had been confirmed.

According to the health agency, this is the latest update on the disease as of 10:35am on March 23, 2020.

A breakdown of the figure showed that three cases were confirmed in Lagos, and two cases in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), while one case was confirmed in Edo State.

 

 

StatesNumbers    StatesNumbers
Abuja FCT6Abia0
Adamawa0Akwa Ibom0
Anambra0Bauchi0
Bayelsa0Benue0
Borno0Cross River0
Delta0Ebonyi0
Enugu0Edo1
Ekiti1Gombe0
Imo0Jigawa0
Kaduna0Kano0
Katsina0Kebbi0
Kogi0Kwara0
Lagos25Nasarawa0
Niger0Ogun2
Ondo0Osun0
Oyo1Plateau0
Rivers0Sokoto0
Taraba0Yobe0
Zamfara0

UPDATED: Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Nigeria Rise To 36

A file photo of the NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu.

 

 

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria has risen to 36.

The figure rose after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Monday that six new cases had been confirmed.

According to the health agency, this is the latest update on the disease as of 10:35am on March 23, 2020.

As of 9:45am, a breakdown of the figure showed that two cases were confirmed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos respectively, while one case was confirmed in Edo State.

 

Of the total figure of 35 reported earlier, Lagos State and the FCT recorded 24 and six confirmed cases of COVID-19, being the highest in the country.

Similarly, Ogun State has confirmed two cases while Ekiti, Oyo, and Edo States have recorded one case each.

In tweets on its verified handle on Monday, the NCDC explained that 33 of the confirmed cases were active while the other two had been discharged.

 

See NCDC’s tweets below:

 

 

Nigeria Records First Death

Moments later, the NCDC updated the figure in another tweet in which it announced that Nigeria has recorded its first death from coronavirus.

The case is said to be a 67-year-old male who returned to the country following medical treatment in the United Kingdom.

 

According to the NCDC, he had underlying medical conditions such as multiple myeloma and diabetes before his death.

This brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria to 36 out of which 33 are active.

As of 10:35am, the NCDC updated the number of confirmed cases in Lagos State from 24 to 25.

 

StatesNumbersStatesNumbers
Abuja FCT6Abia0
Adamawa0Akwa Ibom0
Anambra0Bauchi0
Bayelsa0Benue0
Borno0Cross River0
Delta0Ebonyi0
Enugu0Edo1
Ekiti1Gombe0
Imo0Jigawa0
Kaduna0Kano0
Katsina0Kebbi0
Kogi0Kwara0
Lagos25Nasarawa0
Niger0Ogun2
Ondo0Osun0
Oyo1Plateau0
Rivers0Sokoto0
Taraba0Yobe0
Zamfara0