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Nigeria Recorded 216 New COVID-19 Cases As FGN Extends First Phase Of Easing The Lockdown By Two Weeks

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Nigeria recorded 216 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, according to an update, from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday, Monday, May 18, 2020.

With this figure, Nigeria has now recorded a total number of Six Thousand, One Hundred And Seventy-Five, (6,175), COVID-19 cases after testing Thirty-Six Thousand, Eight Hundred And Ninety-Nine, (36,899), samples.

The update, also, shows that, One Thousand, Six Hundred And Forty-Four, (1,644), cases have been discharged, with One Hundred And Ninety-One, (191), deaths recorded.

The number of active cases in Nigeria, according to the update is, Four Thousand, Three Hundred And Forty, (4,340), cases.

Lagos State recorded Seventy-Four, (74), new cases, while Katsina State recorded Thirty-Three, (33), new cases, with Oyo State recording, Nineteen, (19), new cases.

Kano State recorded Seventeen, (17), new cases, while Edo State recorded Thirteen (13), new cases, with Zamfara State recording Ten, (10), new cases.

Borno, Gombe and Ogun States recorded Eight, (8), new cases each, while Bauchi and Kwara States, recorded Seven, (7), new cases each, with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, recording Four, (4), new case.

Enugu and Kaduna States recorded Three, (3), new cases each, while Rivers State recorded Two, (2), new cases each.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigeria, stated that Nigerians are not ready yet, for a total lifting of the lockdown and has, therefore, extended the first phase of easing of the lockdown, by two weeks.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, who is, also, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the PTF on COVID-19 briefing, on Monday, May 18, 2020.

“The reality is that, in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions, have to be taken, for the good of the greater majority.

Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace. Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction, will be maintained for another two weeks, during which time, stricter enforcement and persuasion measures , will be pursued”, Mustapha maintained

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