- The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus infection in Nigeria
- The NCDC in a tweet disclosed that three of the cases were detected in Osun state while one case was confirmed in Ogun state
- The agency said the new development takes the total number of confirmed cases of COVID19 reported in Nigeria to 135 with 2 deaths
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, March 31, confirmed four new cases of the coronavirus infection in Nigeria.
The NCDC in a tweet disclosed that three of the cases were detected in Osun state while one case was confirmed in Ogun state.
The agency said the new development takes the total number of confirmed cases of COVID19 reported in Nigeria to 135 with 2 deaths.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria continues to battle the global pandemic called coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 30, signed the COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, into law in Abuja.
Legit.ng reports that Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president, revealed this in a statement, saying that COVID-19 has been declared a dangerous infectious disease.
The presidential spokesman went on to note that the Act is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him in that behalf.
Adesina further noted that the regulations also gave legal backing to the various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country outlined in Buhari’s recent national broadcast which includes restriction of movement in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.
The COVID-19 regulations become effective on Monday, March 30. President Buhari's special adviser added that exemption is granted financial system and money markets to ensure that Nigerians can still perform on-line transactions and use ATMs whilst observing these restrictions.
This is to allow skeletal operations to keep the system in light operations during the period of these regulations.
In another report, after weeks of tests and medical care, five patients initially diagnosed with coronavirus in Lagos state were on Monday, March 30, discharged.
This brings the number of discharged patients all over the country to 8.
The discharged patients, according to The Nation, who were quarantined at an isolation centre in the state for weeks regained their health and are now in stable condition.
One of them who expressed optimism that Nigeria can defeat the disease said: “Initially, there were hitches but it later turned out fine. The health workers did fine, all our challenges were attended to. I’m a living witness together with my other colleagues.”
Another patient told journalists of some of the experiences at the centre: “I was admitted last Sunday. Initially, there were challenges, the following day, they brought bed, mask and some equipment."
The patients called on the state government to richly reward all the health workers who volunteered to help out, adding that a lot of lives would have been lost if they did not show up as first responders.
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