Nigeria has recorded new 245 cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
From the figures, 131 were in Lagos, 16 from Jigawa, 13 from Ogun, 12 from Borno, 9 each from Kaduna, Oyo, Rivers, and Ebonyi, 8 from Kano, 7 from Kwara, 5 in Katsina, 3 in Akwa Ibom and Sokoto, 2 in Bauchi and Yobe, one is Anambra, Gombe, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, FCT, and Bayelsa.
From 7261 cases in Nigeria 2007 have been discharged after testing negative twice and 221 deaths have been recorded so far.
Confirmed Cases by State
|States Affected||No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed)||No. of Cases (on admission)||No. Discharged||No. of Deaths|
Lagos’ guidelines on reopening of businesses post-lockdown
The Lagos State Government has rolled out what it called ‘Register-to-open’ guidelines for businesses as it prepares for the opening of the economy following the ongoing lockdown.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated this while speaking at a webinar organised by First Securities Discount House (FSDH) Group, themed: “A Global Pandemic: Local Realities and Peculiarities – A View from the Frontlines”, said government was concerned about balancing the reactivation of economic activities and the continuation of the state’s response to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Under the four-page Register-to-Open guidelines, the state government is offering incentives that the governor said will affect its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
In granting a three-month moratorium to SMEs loan application, the overall strategy is to prevent job loss in critical industries that provide employment for a large number of labour.
The Lagos State Employment Trust Funds (LSETF), the government has also started compiling data of registered MSMEs in the state for operational support that would cushion the effect of economic slowdown on their businesses.
Hydroxychloroquine linked to higher risk of death in coronavirus patients — Study
An observational study has shown that Hydroxychloroquine which President Donald Trump once touted as a solution to coronavirus is not effective after all.
According to the study, nearly 100,000 coronavirus patients who received antimalarial drugs-including hydroxychloroquine had an increased risk of death or cardiac issue.
The findings, published in a medical journal, The Lancet, surveyed 96,000 coronavirus patients across six continents.
Borno, Yobe, Kano set to observe congregational prayers
Contrary to the directive of the federal government, Borno, Yobe and Kano state governments have approved the observation of congregational prayers in respect of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
The Federal Government and the Sultan of Sokoto had urged Muslims to stay at home and observed the celebration in their house.
The Special Adviser on Religious Affairs in Yobe State, Huztaz Babagana Malam Kyari, said the Eid prayers would be held across the 17 local government areas of the state. He said the Government would rather encourage its teeming Muslim population to come out and pray to Allah against the pandemic that stay at home.
He, however, stated that they would be guided by the state’s COVID-19 committee to observe the Eid prayers.
Kano on its part said that the Eid-el-Fitr prayers will hold in mosques across the state on Sallah day with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.