Nigeria on Sunday, July 12, recorded 571 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total infections reported in the country to 32,558.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet disclosed that the new cases of COVID-19 were reported in 20 states in the country as seen in the list below:
13. Akwa Ibom-11
19. Cross River-4
The NCDC said the number of discharged persons now stands at 13,447, while 740 deaths have thus far been reported from the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has announced the closure of a laboratory in Ikoyi, where alleged illegal COVID-19 tests were being carried out.
Legit.ng reported that this was disclosed in a thread of tween on Saturday, July 11, by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu.
He said the Lagos state ministry of health through Health Facility Monitoring And Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), sealed a private lab located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID-19 tests without the required government approval.
"Lagos State Ministry of Health through HEFAMAA sealed a private lab located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID-19 tests without the required government approval. The lab; Acouns medical laboratory and diagnostic centre was also situated in a pharmacy," Akosile said.
He said the state ministry of health would continue to do its best to ensure that health facilities in the state adhere strictly to standards to guarantee the health and well-being of Lagosians.
In another news report, the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC) has announced that it has sealed 33 social facilities such as bars, lounges, restaurants, gyms, hotels and spas for flouting the state's directives on reopening businesses.
Restaurants and eateries in the state were instructed to operate on a takeout basis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of Lagosians.
Adewumi Okoh, the spokesperson of the commission who disclosed this on Sunday, July 12, in a statement said the facilities were closed during an enforcement exercise.
Okoh said the facilities were sealed for engaging in activities against established protocols by the Lagos state government on reopening the economy.