FG reviews lockdown as COVID-19 cases rise by 35 totaling 174 cases in Nigeria and 915,525 globally
• Food markets to open 10 am to 2 pm every other day
• Nine cases surface in Osun, seven in FCT, hit 174
The Federal Government has relaxed the total lockdown it imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun state to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The government, in the new guidelines it issued on Wednesday, stated that markets selling food would open from 10 am to 2 pm every other day.
Also, supermarkets and pharmacies are to open from 10 am to 4 pm every day, but must maintain a high level of hygiene.
The new guidelines also ban bus services during the lockdown. It adds that a mass gathering of more than 20 people is not allowed.
The Federal Government reviewed the lockdown on Wednesday just as COVID-19 cases rose to 174 with 35 new cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on Tuesday put the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country at 139.
Open from 10 am to 2 pm every other day
“In order for markets to operate, state and local government authorities, as well as leaders of market associations, must take full responsibility for strict compliance with the following protocols:
“Only shops and stores selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, every other day or less frequently.”
Nine of 127 Cote d’Iviore returnees test positive in Osun
The Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, said that the state had recorded fresh nine cases of COVID-19.
He explained that out of 127 returnees from Côte d’Ivoire, 71 results had been obtained out of which nine had returned positive to coronavirus.
COVID-19 cases rise to 915,525 globally
Confirmed cases for coronavirus around the world headed toward the one million marks on Wednesday after 915,525 were reported.
According to an online medium, wordometer.info/coronavirus, China, where the virus originated, reported a sharp drop in the number of new cases, after 36 new cases were reported on Wednesday.
It said out of the 81,554 people infected in the country, 76,238 people had recovered fully, with 3,312 people reported to have died of the virus since it was first reported in the country in December 2019. The country currently has 2,004 active cases in its treatment facilities.
Worldometer said that in all, coronavirus had killed 45,541 people around the world, while 675,198 cases were still active in various countries around the world as of Wednesday.
The United States led as the country most affected with 205,036 cases, after recording 16,506 new cases.
The online medium reported that Italy had the highest number of fatality with 13,155 deaths recorded out of 110,574 confirmed cases.
The BBC also reported on Wednesday that in the United Kingdom, the death toll rose to 2,352 while Spain recorded a record daily death toll after 864 people died in 24 hours. It said France reported that 509 people died of the virus over the last 24 hours (as of Wednesday), bringing the total number of deaths in hospitals as a result of coronavirus in the country to 4,032.
As of Wednesday, South Africa led in Africa with 1,380 confirmed and five deaths. Fifty-two infected persons have so far recovered in the country. BBC reported that among the deaths was a prominent scientist, Gita Ramjee, who was known for her work in finding prevention for HIV.
COVID-19 cases now 174 in Nigeria with 35 new infections
The NCDC via its Twitter handle, @NCDCgov, on Wednesday said the country had recorded nine new confirmed cases each in Lagos and Osun; two in Edo, one each in Ekiti, Bauchi and Kaduna, five in Akwa Ibom as well as seven in the FCT,
“As of 08:00 pm 1st April there are 174 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Nine have been discharged with two deaths,” the NCDC said.
With the latest cases, Lagos now has 91 cases; the FCT, 35; Osun, 14; Kaduna, four; Oyo, eight; Enugu, two; Edo, four; Bauchi, three; Ekiti, two; Akwa Ibom, five and Ogun, four.
Rivers and Benue have one case each.
Nine patients have been discharged with two deaths recorded.