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170 New COVID-19 Cases Confirms in Nigeria 39 In Lagos

170 new cases of the deadly Coronavirus infection has been recorded in Nigeria on Sunday 3 May 2020, bringing total confirmed cases in the country to 2558.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Sunday evening via its official Twitter account.

The tweet read;

170 new cases of #COVID19;

39-Lagos, 29-Kano, 24-Ogun, 18-Bauchi, 15-Kaduna, 12-FCT1, 2-Sokoto, 8-Katsina, 7-Borno, 3-Nasarawa, 2-Adamawa, 1-Oyo 2558 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria Discharged: 400 Deaths: 87”.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday 27th April 2020, approved the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

President Buhari announced this during his third nationwide broadcast on COVID-19.

“Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.,” said Buhari.

“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors”. he added

The announcement will enable many who have been forced to stay at home for more than a month as well as businesses to reopen. The President had first announced a two-week lockdown on March 29. It became effective on Monday March 30. The President further extended it by two weeks.

The coronavirus outbreak first hit some of the world’s largest economies. After originating in China, Italy and Spain were particularly hard hit. The U.S. now leads the world in the number of people who have contracted COVID-19 and those who have died from the disease.



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