Akwa-Ibom State became the Twelfth, (12th), State to record cases of COVID-19, with Five, (5), (cases), testing positive. This was reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in the last update it gave on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The update shows that, the total number of cases recorded in Nigeria, has risen to One Hundred And Seventy-Four, (174), with the number of discharged cases remaining at Nine, (9), while the number of deaths, from the virus remains Two, (2).
Officials of the Aka-Ibom State Government has, however, challenged the result of the Five, (5), samples sent for testing that, eventually, returned positive. This is because, as they claimed, the procedures in conducting the tests, were not followed and a fresh set of testing has been requested by the State Government. It is, yet, to be seen, if this request will be granted.
The 174 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria now, shows that, Lagos State has Ninety-One, (91), cases, with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with Thirty-Five, (35), cases, while Osun State, still has Fourteen, (14), cases. Oyo State still has Eight, (8), cases, while Akwa-Ibom State, joins the fray, with Five, (5), cases. Edo, Kaduna and Ogun States, have Four, (4), cases each, while Bauchi State, now has Three, (3), cases. Ekiti and Enugu States, have Two, (2), case each, while Benue and Rivers States, have One, (1), each.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government, has relaxed the lockdown, a bit, by allowing a window, of Four hours, for food markets and supermarkets to open, for people to patronize, between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm, for the remaining days that, the lockdown will last, in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as, in the Federal Capital territory,
This was disclosed, by the National Coordinator, of the Presidential Task Force, on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, during a briefing. “For markets, only shops and stalls, selling food and groceries, shall be allowed, to open to customers, between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm”, he stated.
The Lagos State Government has, also, designated the premises of some schools, as marketplaces, where people can visit, to carry out their purchases, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. This was disclosed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, during a live call-in program, on a reputable Radio Station, based in Ikeja, this morning, April 2, 2020.
He stated that, this was necessary, so that, people will not have to go too far, from their homes, to buy what they needed. He said the open spaces of the schools will, also, enable those that, patronise the markets, to practice social distancing, instead of a situation, where everyone will rush to the main markets, where the practice of social distancing, might be difficult to achieve.
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