CORONAVIRUS: NIGERIAN CASES NOW 97

Kayode Oyero

The number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria hit 97 on Saturday evening with eight fresh cases, says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“As at 10:40 pm 28th March, there are 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death,” it stated.

The virus has been recorded in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Kaduna State joined the list on Saturday with the self-disclosure of Governor Nasir El-Rufai that he tested positive for coronavirus.

The governor said he is in self-isolation and his deputy governor is chairing the COVID-19 Task Force in the state.

A breakdown of the cases shows that Lagos has the highest number of cases with 59 infections followed by FCT with 16 infections.

There are seven cases in Oyo, three in Ogun, while Enugu, Edo, Bauchi, and Osun have two cases each.

Ekiti, Rivers, Benue and Kaduna have one case each.

The exploding number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has paralysed economic and socio-religious activities in the country.

The Lagos State Government on Friday said the West African country, which closed all its international airports to curb further importation of COVID-19, maybe moving from the importation stage to the community transmission stage.

Social distancing is being preached in the country to avert the community transmission of the pandemic which has infected over 600,000 people globally with over 27,000 deaths.

The Federal Government recently opened up all National Youth Service Corps orientation camps in the country as isolation centres.

Some stadiums around the country were also converted to isolation centres.