COVID-19: Nigeria Records Five New Cases, Total Infection Rises Up To 51

Nigeria has recorded five new cases of the COVID-19, brings the total number of cases in the country rises up to 51.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), confirms two cases in FCT, two from Lagos while the other one from Rivers State.

The NCDC added that three of the infected persons are returnees from oversees while the other two are close contacts of a previously confirmed case.

This comes as states across the country are putting up efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Residents have been asked to stay at home, stricter restrictions have been placed on public gatherings and people including governors and top officials are being forced to self-isolate.

Among those who are self-isolating is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Also on Wednesday, it was announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had tested negative for the virus.

As contact tracing and tests continue to be carried out daily, there are fears that the healthcare system in the country and on the continent (Africa) could become overwhelmed with cases.

The battle by the NCDC and relevant agencies to battle the pandemic received a boost earlier on Wednesday as Nigeria received its share of materials donated by philanthropist and Chinese business tycoon, Jack Ma.

The billionaire had donated a total of 1.1 million testing kits and six million masks to help in fighting the disease in Africa.

Nigeria’s share which was received by government officials in the nation’s capital Abuja included 100,000 masks, 20,000 test kits, PPEs, among others.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, who received the items at the airport, the 20,000 test kits will be distributed to the five laboratories in the country.

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