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THE ALARMING RISING COVID-19 CASES IN NIGERIA

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The surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has been continuous as authorities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub and epicenter have expanded its response capacity with the accreditation of seven private laboratories to boost its testing capacity and three private hospitals for case management. Just like a joke 4 months and 2 days ago after confirmed cases rises to 24,567. A total of 130,164 tests have been carried out as of June 28th, 2020 compared to 127,158 tests a day earlier.

The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria touched a new milestone as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 24,567 confirmed cases.

President Buhari

If with all the nationwide lockdown we are here now as one African epicenter of Covid-19, then who knows what would have happened if there is no imposed lockdown. We can still remember that in a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period was partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am
across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said the state remains committed to bringing the outbreak under control, making economic activities continue as best as possible and improving strategies to keep the citizens safe in the face of threats posed by the pandemic. According to him, the state commenced the accreditation and validation of private health facilities to assist in the fight against the virus because of the need to improve the COVID-19 response strategy, testing capacity, and management of cases, especially in the light of the evolving phase of the outbreak.

Lagos, where the index case in Nigeria was recorded on February 27, has remained the epicenter for the pandemic in the country, with 10,026 cases.