First Week Of Phased Gradual’ Easing Of Lockdown Nigeria Records More 1,841 Cases, 56 Deaths
As President Muhammadu Buhari announcement of a “phased and gradual” easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns in FCT and Lagos and Ogun states on May 4, begins.
The president in a national address to the nation said the lock-down had come at a “very heavy economic cost,” stripping many citizens of their livelihoods.
Lagos and Ogun states and the federal capital territory of Abuja entered lockdowns to tame the spread of the new coronavirus on March 30.
Confirmed cases of the new virus have roughly quadrupled since a lockdown extension was announced in April. May 3, the figure of 2,558 cases and 87 deaths was recorded
Within the week of the easing of gradual easing, a total of 1,842 cases was recorded .the figure are as follows,
248 new cases, May 10
239 new cases ; May 9
386 new cases May 8
381 new cases ; May 7
195 new cases ;May 6
148 new cases May 5
245 new cases ; May 4
As of May 10, 4399 cases of #COVID19 was recorded in Nigeria,while
778 were Discharged: ,and Deaths: 143 recorded.
In April , World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa , Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said “COVID-19 has the potential not only to cause thousands of deaths, but to also unleash economic and social devastation. Its spread beyond major cities means the opening of a new front in our fight against this virus,”
“The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to more than 10 000 and caused more than 500 deaths. “
While the virus was slow to reach the continent compared to other parts of the world, infection has grown exponentially in recent weeks and continues to spread.
Reaching the continent through travellers returning from hotspots in Asia, Europe and the United States, Africa’s first COVID-19 case was recorded in Egypt on 14 February.