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Nigeria Hits Highest Daily COVID-19 Figure Ever with 389 Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday announced 389 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the new tally of confirmed infections in the country to 8,733.

The update on Wednesday is the highest daily figure so far reported since the beginning of the outbreak in the country. Also, Kogi State recorded its first cases of the disease. This implies that 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have now reported at least a case of the disease. Only one state in the country, Cross River, is yet to record any case.

There was a decline in the number of deaths recorded on Wednesday as five deaths were recorded from the virus bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 254.

The health agency in a late tweet on Wednesday said the 389 new cases were reported in 22 states. These are Lagos, Katsina, Edo, Rivers, Kano, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Gombe, Plateau, Abia, Delta, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Imo, Borno, Ogun and Anambra.

The number of reported cases in Lagos, the epicenter of the outbreak in Nigeria, was also the highest daily figure.

“Till date, 8,733 cases have been confirmed, 2,501 cases have been discharged and 254 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The 389 new cases are reported from 15 states:

Lagos – 256, Katsina – 23, Edo – 22, Rivers -14, Kano – 13, Adamawa – 11, Akwa Ibom – 11, Kaduna – 7, Kwara – 6, Nasarawa – 6, Gombe – 2, Plateau – 2, Abia – 2, Delta – 2, Benue – 2, Niger – 2, Kogi – 2, Oyo – 2, Imo – 1, Borno -1, Ogun – 1 and Anambra – 1

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A breakdown of the 8, 733 confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 4, 012 cases, followed by Kano – 936, FCT – 519, Katsina – 358, Borno – 257, Oyo – 252, Ogun – 242, Jigawa – 241, Edo – 240, Bauchi – 233, Kaduna – 215, Rivers – 171, Gombe – 152, Sokoto – 116, Plateau – 97, Kwara – 85, Zamfara – 76, Nasarawa – 62, Delta – 51, Yobe – 47, Osun – 44, Adamawa – 38, Ebonyi – 36, Akwa Ibom – 35, Imo – 34, Kebbi – 32, Niger – 30, Ondo – 24, Ekiti – 20, Enugu – 18, Taraba – 18, Bayelsa – 12, Anambra – 11, Abia – 10, Benue – 7 and Kogi – 2.

While new cases continue to increase, NCDC has cautioned older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer, to observe all the necessary precautionary measures as they are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

It also advised Nigerians to ensure proper hand hygiene, physical distancing and wearing a mask especially around vulnerable groups.

The agency said it is also working very hard to support states in setting up treatment centres and training health workers to manage COVID-19 patients to recovery.

“We commend colleagues making tremendous sacrifices and working around the clock to save lives and control the pandemic,” it said.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has said the best way to ensure cases of COVID-19 are on a downward trajectory is to put strong testing, disease surveillance and public health measures in place.

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See Full List of 14 Countries Lagos Placed on COVID Watch List

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The Lagos government has placed 14 countries on its COVID-19 watchlist as a measure to prevent a third wave of infections in the state.

Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said this on Wednesday at a media briefing to highlight the state’s COVID-19 third wave mitigation strategy.

He noted that the Lagos state government is outlining measures that will guide the management of inbound passengers of interest (POIs) from other countries.

The commissioner explained that travellers coming from other countries into Lagos have been classified into three groups — the red countries, the amber countries, and the green countries.

According to him, India, Brazil and Turkey where new variants of COVID are causing an increase in infection rate are as the ‘red countries’.

“From the Lagos perspective, we’re also looking at what we describe as Amber Colour countries, where we know that mutants are circulating. And this is important for us to be able to define how strict our monitoring of your isolation at home and how your testing is performed. We are monitoring countries where we know the mutants are circulating, but the situation is still severe,” he said.

According to him, the ‘amber countries’ are Canada, US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun, Angola, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

He listed the ‘green countries’ as countries with no records of variants from red countries and no clear increase in the number of daily confirmed cases.

“Our protocol for management of inbound passengers from the Red Countries will include: a mandatory PCR test 72 hours before departure, PCR test post arrival and a 14-day isolation in a government approved facility paid for by the passenger,” he said.

“Passengers of interests from the Amber Countries are also required to do PCR test 72 hours before departure, PCR test post arrival and a mandatory seven days isolation at home which will be monitored by our logistics, surveillance and EkoTELEMED teams.”

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Former Defence Chief, General Joshua Dogonyaro Dies at 80

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Lt. General Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro (Rtd) is dead.

The officer, who heralded and read the coup speech that ended the regime of Nigeria’s current President, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) and brought General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) to power on August 27 1985 died in Jos, Thursday morning after a brief illness.

He turned 80 on 12 September 2020. General Dogonyaro was a former Chief of Defence Staff and is survived by his wife Zainab Esther Dogonyaro and seven children.

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Let’s Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry – Buhari Urges Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians, irrespective of religious affiliation, to pray against kidnapping and banditry.

In recent times, there has been a spate of killings, kidnapping and banditry in different parts of the country.

The president, in a statement to celebrate the Eid festival, noted that the country can overcome its problems if Nigerians come together.

Buhari urged Nigerians to ignore those using religion as a tool of division for their own “selfish advantages”.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all,” Buhari said in a statement released by Garba Shehu, presidential aide, on Wednesday.

“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

The president advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID-19 measures, amid the celebration.

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