Coronavirus: NCDC announces 108 new cases, total now 981

April 23, 2020
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Nigeria‘s coronavirus cases are now officially 981 after confirmation of 108 new cases

– This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday, April 23

Lagos continues to take the lead with 78 new cases in Nigeria’s commercial capital

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported that there are 108 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The NCDC via its official Twitter account revealed that the new cases are as follows:

78 in Lagos

14 in FCT

5 in Ogun

4 in Gombe

3 Borno

2 in Akwa Ibom

1 in Kwara

1 in Plateau

This means there are now 981 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. While 197 has been discharged, 31 people have died due to the disease.

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Nigeria is gradually inching towards 1,000 coronavirus cases as the NCDC ramps up testing across the nation.

There are fears that the numbers may continue to rise astronomically given the population of the country.

Meanwhile, the director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari will make some difficult decisions on COVID-19 containment next week.

Ihekweazu made the statement while on a courtesy call to the Katsina state governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Masari in his office at Government House Katsina.

His words: ”President Buhari will on Wednesday have a teleconference with the governors and there will be some difficult decisions to be made on how to restart the economy, especially on what to start and what not to start.”

Recall that Dr Ihekweazu recently informed Nigerians that life won’t return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ihekweazu stated this while speaking on a radio programme in Lagos on Monday, April 20.

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He said that a return to the pre-COVID lifestyle, once the current restrictions are relaxed, could bring about a high resurgence of the infection.

In a related development, an economic expert, Femi Odewunmi, has sounded a note of warning that the aftermath of COVID-19 will put several businesses under pressure in Nigeria.

Odewunmi stated this in on Friday, April 17 while interacting with select journalists virtually, warning that businesses need to start coming up with strategies on how to succeed with the current economic lockdown and its aftershock.

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