Good day, here is the COVID-19 update for your reading pleasure today, Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Nigeria now has 276 cases
There is an addition of twenty-two new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria at the moment.
This was confirmed on Wednesday confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). According to the government agency, out of the twenty-two, 15 were recorded in Lagos, four in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), two in Bauchi and one in Edo State.
Meanwhile, 44 patients have been discharged so far with six deaths recorded.
Lagos records third death of COVID-19
The Lagos State government on Wednesday announced the death of the third COVID-19 patient in the state. However, the NCDC didn’t capture the death in the data released last night.
Lagos is the epicentre of the dreaded virus with 145 active cases, followed by FCT (54); Osun (20); Oyo (11); Edo (12); Bauchi (eight); Kaduna (5), Akwa Ibom (5); Ogun (4); Enugu (2), Ekiti (2), Rivers (2); Kwara (2); Benue, Ondo, Delta and Katsina states have one each.
According to the Lagos Ministry of Health, the deceased was a 66-year-old Briton. The UK citizen had traveled from India via Dubai to Lagos on March 17.
FG speaks on the distribution of medical supplies from China
The Federal Government has promised to ensure proper distribution of the medical supplies brought by the team from China, in the fight to contain the spread of Coronavirus( COVID-19).
The assurance was given by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who confirmed receiving the equipment worth $1.3 million as well as 15 medical experts donated by Chinese companies working in Nigeria.
Ehanire further stated that the team were not in Nigeria to treat patients but to conduct capacity building based on their experience.
The delegation of 15 Chinese medical experts comprises doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians who will help strengthen testing and management of COVID-19 cases, especially those needing critical care in Nigeria.
Ebonyi relaxes lockdown order
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State government has granted a partial restoration of religious activities in the state.
The government also relaxed the ban on burials by giving those in the state between April 9 and 20, 2020 to bury their dead loved ones.
This was announced by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Ag Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barrister Uchenna Orji after the Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki.
The Commissioner said worshippers are expected to attend their normal service only on Sunday for Christians and Friday for Muslims with effect from April 12, 2020.
The service is also expected to run from 8 am to12noon while every worshipper shall wear a face mask and observe social distancing.
While also encouraging churches to provide palliatives to their worshippers, the state government warned that any pastor or officiating Ministers that fails to enforce these precautionary measures or violates these regulations shall be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with Ebonyi State Coronavirus and Other Dangerous (Infectious) Diseases and Related Matters Law No 06, 2020.
The governor, Dave Umahi also approved the release of N1bn for the procurement of 400,000 bags of 5kg rice and other food stuffs, and the production of 400,000 face masks as a take-off palliative measure for the vulnerable groups in the State.
Kogi govt lifts ban on religious gatherings
The Kogi State Government has lifted the social distancing order imposed to curb the spread of (COVID-19) on religious congregations in mosques and churches across the state.
The governor, Yahaya Bello, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Thursday, said that the lifting of the ban was to enable religious bodies to resume their normal worship and services.
He, therefore, urged all religious leaders to put in place preventive and precautionary measures in their various worship centres in order to contain the outbreak and spread of coronavirus in the state while sitting arrangements in mosques and churches should be done to ensure social distancing.