Nigeria announces 64 coronavirus cases, 11 discharged

NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu providing COVID-19 updates coronavirus
NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu providing COVID-19 updates

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 64 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, taking the new total to 1337 cases across the country.

The centre for disease control also announced the discharge of 11 patients and no new death.

“64 new cases of COVID-19 reported; 34-Lagos, 15-FCT, 11-Borno, 2-Taraba, 2-Gombe”.

“As at 11:20pm 27th April there are 1337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. With 255 patients discharged and 40 deaths.”

NCDC said, “One case previously reported as a Lagos State case, is now reported as an FCT case.

“The total number of confirmed cases in Lagos is now 764 while the Federal Capital Territory accounts for 157 cases.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has lifted the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT from 4 May 2020 but imposed a total lockdown on Kano for two weeks.

In a national broadcast, he said the decision to reopen the country comes after recommendations made by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020,” he said in his statement.

“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.

“Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;

a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;

b. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;

c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and

d. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020,” he added.