Nigeria Records 284 New Coronavirus Cases, Total infections Now 6,677
284 new Coronavirus cases has been recorded in Nigeria, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 6677.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control disclosed this in a tweet on Wednesday.
It said, “284 new cases of #COVID19; 199 in Lagos, 26 in Rivers, 19 in Oyo, 8 in FCT, 8 in Borno, 7 in Plateau, 6 in Jigawa, 5 in Kano, 2 in Abia, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Delta, 1 in Kwara and 1 in Taraba. 6677 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria, discharged: 1840, deaths: 200.”
284 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 20, 2020
The Northern Governors Forum has asked for special fund from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
President Buhari had approved N10bn for Lagos. In a communique issued after the Northern Governors Forum held a teleconference on Wednesday, the governors said their states have 54 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the country and appealed for special relief.
The meeting was presided over by Simon Lalong, Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State.
“The governors also maintained their earlier decision to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas.
“On enforcing closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including Presidential orders, there are still violations where people move from one State to another through compromise and use of illegal routes.
“The forum resolved to continue their appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, as the Northern region now has about 54 per cent of the national cases and 70 per cent of new infections,” the communique read.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has announced the suspension of lockdown in Obio Akpor and Port-Harcourt local council areas effective Thursday, May 21 (today).
In a statement, Wike said the relaxation was for six days only and malls, supermarkets, banks and stores are to be opened for operations while markets, clubs remained closed.
He said, “The state’s Security Council has decided to suspend the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas for six days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.
“Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses until 8.00pm Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.
“It is important to emphasise that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
“All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed. Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers shops remain shut.”
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