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Nigeria records 164 more COVID-19 cases in 14 states



NIGERIA has recorded 164 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  made the disclosure, adding that the new cases were recorded in Lagos, the FCT and 13 other states of the country.

While Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 64 new cases, the Federal Capital Territory recorded 26 infections, thus trailing behind the nation’s commercial hub.

The other states with fresh infections include Enugu – 20, Kaduna and Oyo – 11, Plateau – 8, Ondo – 7, Anambra – 4, Nasarawa and Osun – 3, Ebonyi and Imo – 2, Benue, Katsina and Ogun – 1.

With the new infections, the number of cases in the country is now at 60,430 with 51,943 persons successfully treated and discharged.

However, total death toll still stands at 1,115.

Similarly, Coordinator of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, yesterday called for vigilance over the possibility of escalating positive cases of COVID-19 as the international airports prepare for full reopening.

Speaking in Abuja during the PTF briefing, Aliyu said that with projection of about 7,000 passengers coming into the country daily, there is probability of about 1.5 percent of this population testing positive to COVID-19.

According to him, when the airports were first opened, out of the first 2,403 passengers that arrived in Lagos, 80 tested positive, while 25 out of the first 2,700 tested at Abuja were also positive.

“What that means is that about 105 tested positive out of about 5,000 passengers. By the time we open fully, we will be having about 5,000 to 7,000 passengers coming into Nigeria on daily basis. That translates to about 100 potential positive cases daily. So we need to do something so as not to draw our response backwards.”

Also, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has called on Nigerians to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus in the country.

PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu made this call in Abuja while briefing reporters.

According to him, this calls for protection of young people especially as schools resume after months of shutdown occasioned by COVID-19 in the country.

“We must also take responsibility to minimise the risk of transmission, protect our young people and their families for the schools to be able to operate effectively,” he said. Each of us has their own part to play. It is definitely time for Nigeria to get moving and in this regard, we have to support our students. We also have to protect our schools because by protecting our schools and educational system, we also protect our future,” he said.

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