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COVID-19: Death Toll in Nigeria Rises to Seven

288 Total COVID-19 Cases so far

COVID-19: Death Toll in Nigeria Rises to Seven

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COVID-19: Death Toll in Nigeria Rises to Seven as Infection Cases Rise to 288

NCDC Dashboard showing breakdown of COVID-19 Cases in Nigeria – Source: @NCDCgov

The death toll from COVID-19 in Nigeria has risen to seven.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control on Thursday evening revealed on its official Twitter handle @NCDCgov that seven persons have died from the virus.

It also says the total cases of infection had risen to 288 from the initial 274 announced earlier on Wednesday, 8 2020.

According to the Centre, fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Thursday.

NCDC said on its website, www.ncdc.gov.ng that, “As at 09:30pm 9th April, there are 288 confirmed cases, 51 discharged and 7 deaths.

A state-by-state summary published on the same website shows the following:

Lagos- 158

FCT- 54
Osun- 20
Edo- 12
Oyo- 11
Bauchi- 6
Akwa Ibom- 5
Ogun- 4
Kaduna- 5
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 2
Rivers-2
Kwara- 2
Delta- 2
Benue- 1
Ondo- 1
Katsina-1

Flattening the Curve: Measures Taken

The federal government of Nigeria has taken steps to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a broadcast last week declared a two weeks lockdown in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja and the commercial city Lagos which remains the epicentre of the virus in the country. He also declared lockdown in Ogun state, a neighbouring state to Lagos.

In the broadcast on Monday, 30th April, 2020, President Buhari said, “Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.”

Most States in Nigeria have also announced either total lockdown or partial lockdown as part of measures to step the tide of Corornavirus.

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Covid-19 Technical committee and Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Kayode Alabi announced total lockdown of the state effective from 6:00PM on Friday, 10th April, 2020. He said, “Markets and vehicular movements are banned while exception will be given to sellers of foodstuff on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Dealing with Issues of Poverty

In a country where poverty and hunger still remain major challenges, many Nigerians depend on menial jobs to be able to raise money to feed. But, the lockdown across states is now posing threat to their livelihood.

President Buhari has approved the some of 500bn Naira emergency funds to be released to state governments to help cushion the effects of the citizen’s sufferings.

He promised that the government would deploy relief materials, and would immediately disburse two months’ worth of welfare payments “for the most vulnerable in our society”.

Last Friday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu announced a two-week staple food programme for 200,000 homes in Lagos city.

A. S. AGAMAH

A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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