Coronavirus: Confirmed cases may keep rising - NCDC

Coronavirus: Confirmed cases may keep rising - NCDC

- The NCDC has given its view on the situation of coronavirus in Nigeria

- Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC's boss, said that there is a possibility that the disease will increase in the country

-Ihekweazu categorically stated that the number of confirmed cases in Nigeria may continue to rise

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has expressed fears that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country will rise.

The NCDC's director-general, Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this public on Monday, March 30, Channels TV reports.

Ihekweazu told journalists: "...we do expect the numbers to keep rising but we also expect that we will be able to get on top of this and that is why some measures were needed and we met with Mr President.”

However, he noted that there is hope that Nigeria will be able to change the current scope of things in relation to the spread of the virus.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC had confirmed fourteen new cases of coronavirus in the country, taking the total number of the infections to 111.

“Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT.

“As at 09:30 pm 29th March there are 111 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death," the NCDC announced in a tweet.

Also, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has stopped all movements in the FCT, Lagos, and Ogun states in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The president gave the directive in a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening, March 29, adding that the directive will be for an initial period of 14 days.

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Legit.ng notes that the president said that the lockdown will take effect from 11 pm on Monday, March 30.

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"Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

"This restriction will also apply to Ogun state due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two states.

"All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period," the president said.

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