President Muhammadu Buhari has charged Nigerians to do everything to avert a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the country’s toll stood at 62,371 on Wednesday October 29.
He disclosed this in a statement issued on the same day, saying that Nigeria’s economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown. That night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 147 new cases of the virus.
A breakdown of the new cases showed that, Lagos is still the epicenter with 82, follwed by FCT-20, Rivers-9, Kaduna-8, Plateau-8, Benue-5, Edo-3, Kano-3, Nasarawa-3, Taraba-3, Ogun-2, and Bauchi-1.
“Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert the second wave of the pandemic,” the President said. “We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown.”
While advising all citizens to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, and washing of hands, the President noted that the country has so far managed the problem successfully by keeping the numbers as low as possible.
So far, 1,139 Coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded alongside 58,095 patients who recovered from the disease have also been discharged.
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