Report by Sodiq Oyeleke
Abuja (9News Nigeria) – According to updated report reaching 9News Nigeria, Nigeria has recorded 10 new cases of coronavirus in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos, and Edo States.
This information was released by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on their social media timeline.
“The ten new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria: 6 in Lagos, 2 in FCT and 2 in Edo.”
Nigeria now has a total number of 224 confirmed cases of Coronavirus across the country.
NCDC further tweeted as follows:
“As of 11:15 am on the 5th of April, there are 224 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 27 have been discharged with five deaths.
“For a breakdown of cases by states, Lagos has 115 cases, FCT – 45, Osun – 20, Oyo – nine, Akwa Ibom – five, Ogun – four, Edo – nine, Kaduna – four, Bauchi – six, Enugu – two, Ekiti – two, Rivers – one, Benue – one, Ondo – one.”
Meanwhile, the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, noted that there were indications of sustained community transmission of the virus, saying 30 per cent of the cases had incomplete epidemiological information.
Ihekweazu stated that while 51 per cent were imported cases, 19 per cent were contacts of known cases.
“This is one of the purposes for which the lock-down of two states and the FCT was proclaimed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“These areas, especially Lagos as primary epicenter, as well as other parts of the Federation, need to speed up their activities to detect and isolate COVID-19 patients.
“During and following the lockdown, we expect to see an increase in cases as a measure of improvement in case finding,” he said.
The NCDC DG, however, expressed optimism that if social distancing and other measures were followed as stipulated, infections would be controlled.