COVID-19: Nigeria’s cases now 38,344, as FG approves N100m to each states

Nigeria records 600 new COVID-19 cases, total infections now 35,454

The Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC), on Thursday, confirmed 604 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 38,344.

This came as the Federal Government approves N100 million each for the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to boost their COVID-19 response efforts.

Meanwhile, the NCDC on its official twitter handle, stated that 20 deaths were recorded in the country as a result of the infection, bringing the numbers of persons dead to the virus to 833.

According to the NCDC, till date, 38,948 cases have been confirmed, while 16,061 cases have been discharged, with 833 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Data released by the centre showed that the latest COVID-19 infections were reported in 20  states and the FCT, with Lagos State – the country’s epicentre of the disease, having the highest number of infected people (203).

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A breakdown of the data provided by the NCD  showed that Oyo recorded 87 cases, while FCT had 79 new cases.

Others were Edo – 41; Osun  – 35; Ogun – 24; Rivers – 22; Kaduna – 22; Akwa Ibom – 20; and Plateau – 18.

Delta recorded 9 cases, Ebonyi – 9; Imo – 8; Enugu – 5; and Kano – 5; Cross River – 5 ; Katsina – 4; Nasarawa – 3; Borno – 2; Ekiti – 2;  and Bauchi – 1.

The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate national response activities across the country.

Moreso, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, during the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday said: “The 36 states of the federation and the FCT would receive N100 million each to boost their COVID-19 response efforts.

“I am pleased to mention that all states of the federation, including the FCT are receiving support from the COVID-19 response through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project.

“With this support, all states of the federation will receive N100 million to enhance high impact priority response activities.

“The soon-to-be-reactivated BHCPF will join the funding pool,” he said. 

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