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Nigeria’s COVID-19 death toll crosses 900

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..Records 304 more cases to put total infection at 44,433
..FG ponders another lockdown

COVID-19 death toll in Nigeria has crossed 900 to stand at 910 deaths as the country recorded 304 more cases of the pandemic to bringing its total infections to 44,433.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this yesterday night on its Twitter handle.

  The new cases were reported in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 17 other states of the federation.

  While the FCT topped the list with 90 infections, Lagos reported 59 cases.

  Other states with new cases include Ondo – 39, Taraba – 18, Rivers – 17, Borno – 15, Adamawa – 12, Oyo – 11 and Delta – 9.

  On the other hand, states with fewer infections include Edo – 6, Bauchi, Kwara, Ogun and Osun each having 4 cases, Bayelsa, Plateau and Niger each having 3 cases, Nasarawa – 2, Kano – 1.

  Meanwhile, a total of 31,851 people have been discharged after recovering from the dreaded disease.

  But National Coordinator Presidential Task Force on the COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, has warned of another wave of the virus in Nigeria, adding that this may compel federal government to re-introduce lockdown.

  Aliyu warned that allowing the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria could destroy the country’s economy and lead to more deaths.

  Speaking during the daily media briefing of COVID-19 in Abuja, Aliyu urged businesses to adhere strictly to the guideline of COVID-19.

  “We eventually have to reopen, but we can only do so if we reopen safely. It is quite clear, as we can see from the other parts of the world that certain countries are now going back into lockdown because of the pandemic coming back, otherwise called recrudescence or what we call a second wave. We really cannot afford to have this happening in this country. It will destroy our economy and it will lead to a lot of deaths. Therefore, we have to reopen safely. We cannot risk another shutdown nor can we risk more lives being lost,” Aliyu said.

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