 Nigeria Confirms 87 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Hits 1,182

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By: Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of COVID-19 according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The NCDC announced this in a tweet on Saturday at exactly 11:55 pm of 25thApril, 2020. Out of the 87 cases, 33 were in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, 9 in Katsina, 4 each in Kano and Ekiti, 3 each in Edo and Bauchi and 1 in Imo State.
It added that there are 1182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, 222 have so far been discharged and a record of 35 have died.
In a related development, the Borno State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salihu Kwaya-Bura, said 17 samples from Pulka village of those who had contact with the index case of COVID-19 in Borno tested negative.
Kwaya-Bura,who is the Secretary of the State High Powered Taskforce on COVID-19 made this known in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen on COVID-19 update in the state adding that the number of infected cases in Borno is 15 noting that one victim had died, bringing the number of deaths to three.
He said the committee had so far received 50 alerts, out of which only two met the condition for further investigation and that sample had been taken with the results being awaited.
The commissioner said that the committee had intensified surveillance particularly in border areas and Internally Displaced Persons camps.
He added that about 150 people arrested at the Nigeria/Cameroon border in Banki town of Bama Local Government Area were put under quarantine.
Kwaya-Bura urged the public to support and cooperate with the state surveillance teams as they intensify tracking of those who had contacts with confirmed cases.
While announcing the decision to suspend the lockdown on Monday and Thursday to enable the public to restock their food items, the commissioner said hand washing stations would be set up at market entrances to ensure people wash their hands before entering the markets and while leaving.

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