- A 75-year-old woman has died of coronavirus pandemic in Ekiti state
- The sad news was broken by the state government on Thursday, May 21
- Deaths resulting from COVID-19 pandemic have increased to two in the state
Ekiti state government has said that a 75-year-old woman died of coronavirus-related complications in the state.
Legit.ng reports that this was confirmed by the state government on the evening of Thursday, May 21, in a thread of tweets.
According to the report, with the new fatality, the number of COVID-19 deaths has increased to two in the state.
“We can confirm that one of the samples sent to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) accredited laboratory for testing returned positive of the #COVID-19 virus infection. The new positive case, a 75-year-old female, has died from complications of the virus.
"As at 3:30 pm on May 21, there are five (5) active cases of COVID-19 in Ekiti state. That brings us to a total of active: 5, discharged: 13, deaths: 2,” it tweeted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Lagos state government on Thursday, May 21, disclosed that it has spent N640 million on COVID-19 tests.
It was reported that Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health made the disclosure when giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Lagos.
He said the state spends between N40,000 and N50,000 per test and has tested 16,000 people so far.
The commissioner pointed out that the COVID-19 tests performed in Lagos was is much higher than anywhere else in Nigeria.
Abayomi said the state is planning to increase the number of tests to about a thousand per day. He said the state government was providing COVID-19 tests free of charge for now.
Abayomi noted that Lagos residents who have suspected symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested at any of the four laboratories that carry out tests for the virus.
In another report, following revenue pressures resulting from coronavirus pandemic, the Lagos state government announced a slash of its 2020 budget.
The total expenditure for the year 2020 is now N920.5 billion, less by N248 billion from the N1.68 trillion it had budgeted.
The state’s commissioner for economic planning and budget, Sam Egube, who announced this on the evening of Thursday, May 21, stated that the new figures would be presented to the House of Assembly for approval soon.
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