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148 New COVID-19 Cases Recorded – SGF Urges Nigerians To Obey Social Distancing & Face Mask Use Rules

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One Hundred And Forty-Eight, (148), new COVID-19 cases, were recorded in Nigeria, as at 11:40 pm, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

This was made known in an update given, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to Two Thousand, Nine Hundred And Fifty, (2,950), with Four Hundred And Eighty-One, (481), of those cases discharged and Ninety-Eight, (98), deaths recorded.

The number of active cases in Nigeria, now stands at Two Thousand Three Hundred And Seventy-One, (2,371), cases.

All these statistics were arrived at, after Nigeria has carried out Nineteen Thousand, Five Hundred And Twelve, (19,512), tests, still a far cry from the estimated 200 million population of the country.

The new cases recorded, showed that, Lagos State recorded Forty-Three, (43), new cases, while Kano State recorded Thirty-Two, (32), new cases, with Zamfara State recording Fourteen, (14), cases. The Federal Capital Territory,

Abuja, recorded Ten, (10), new cases, while Katsina State recorded Nine, (9), new cases, with Taraba State recording Seven, (7), new cases.

Borno and Ogun States recorded Six, (6), new cases each, while Oyo State recorded Five, (5), new cases, with Bauchi, Edo and Kaduna States recording Three, (3), new cases each.

Adamawa and Gombe States recorded Two, (2), new cases each, while Kebbi, Plateau and Sokoto States, recorded One, (1), new case each.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to obey the rules on social distancing and use of face masks, the protect themselves, their loved ones and other members of the public from contracting the virus.

This is in reaction to the flagrant disregard for social distancing and non-usage of face masks by so many people, on the first and second days that preceded the phased relaxation of the lockdown, in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos States.

“Truly, we have got to the level, or stage of personal responsibility. This is where we have got to, now. We must take personal responsibility for our safety, our lives and those of our loved ones. This is not the time to expect that government, or the National Assembly, to take responsibility for us. At individual level, this is the time that we must own up”, Mustapha stated.

Mustapha called on Nigerians to be disciplined in complying with those safety rules, without being forced to do so, by the police. “What happens, subsequently, will be dependent, on what we do, as a people and as a nation.

The issue of social distancing should not be imposed, by the police. There are other countries, disciplined enough. Taiwan didn’t lockdown for, even, one day, but gradually, they flattened the curve, as a result of social distancing and the wearing of mask”, he stressed.

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