Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday confirmed a total number of new 204 coronavirus cases in the country and also a total of seven deaths in the last 24 hours.
Nigeria economic hub Lagos and Kano states have the highest numbers. While Kano recorded 80 new cases, Lagos State recorded 45 new cases. The spread of the virus further intensified in Gombe state as the state recorded 12 new states.
Bauchi and Sokoto states both recorded nine new cases each, Borno and Edo states recorded seven new cases each. River and Ogun also confirmed six new cases each.
Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states confirmed four new cases each. Kaduna, which is currently on a 30-day lockdown, confirmed three new cases while Oyo, Delta and Nasarawa states recorded two new cases each. Ondo and Kebbi states also confirmed one case each in the last 24 hours.
“11:50pm 30th April- 1932 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria,” NCDC tweeted on Thursday night. 319 persons have been discharged while a total of 58 persons have died from the virus. Nigeria will begin a “phased and gradual” easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns in the national capital and the largest city on May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address on Monday.
Lagos and Ogun states and the federal capital territory of Abuja entered lockdowns to tame the spread of the new coronavirus on March 30. Buhari said the lockdowns had come at a “very heavy economic cost,” stripping many citizens of their livelihoods.
“No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines,” Buhari said.
Most state governments will enforce an overnight curfew, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and also will require all those who are out during the day to wear face masks. The federal government will also enforce a ban on non-essential movement between Nigeria’s 36 states, a measure the governors’ forum had requested.