135 Test Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria


By Dipo Olowookere

A total of 135 persons have now tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Nigeria after its first case on February 27, 2020.

A statement from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday said four new cases of the COVID-19 were recorded in Osun and Ogun States.

According to the agency, three of the new reported cases were from Osun, while the remaining one was from Ogun State, which is expected to begin a lockdown from this Friday.

“Four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 3 in Osun and 1 in Ogun.

“As at 11:15 am March 31, 2020, there are 135 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 2 deaths,” the NCDC said in the statement issued on Tuesday morning.

A breakdown of the cases showed that Lagos currently has 81 cases, Abuja 25, Oyo State has 8 cases, Osun State 5, Ogun State 4, Kaduna 3, Bauchi, Edo and Enugu States have two cases each, while Ekiti, Rivers and Benue State have one each.

Nigeria recorded its second coronavirus death on Monday. Over 6,000 persons are being tracked by government after they were suspected to have had contact with those who tested positive for the virus.

In order to stop the spread of the disease, the federal government has declared a lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja from last night. Residents of these places have been asked to stay at home, while businesses have been directed to shut down or begin remote operations where necessary.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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