Coronavirus: Lagos confirms four new cases of pandemic

Coronavirus: Lagos confirms four new cases of pandemic

The total figures of coronavirus patients in Nigeria has risen to 12 after four new cases were confirmed in Lagos State on Thursday.

This brings to 12 the total number of coronavirus cases in Nigeria; although one of the victims has fully recovered.

Addressing journalists on Thursday, March 19; the Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, confirmed the new cases at the state secretariat.

He said 19 tests were performed on suspected cases and contacts of the five cases announced on Wednesday; out of which, four turned positive.

The first positive test is that of a Nigerian female who returned from France via a Turkish airline (TK 1830) on March 14.

Another confirmed case is a Nigerian male in his 50s who had never travelled anywhere. He tested positive and had since been admitted.

Abayomi said the third case is a Nigerian male who arrived in Nigeria on March 13, from Frankfurt, Germany on Luftansa flight LH 568.

“What we have are a combination of imported cases and local transmission,” Abayomi said.

He added that the ministry is currently tracking over 1,300 people in relation to Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has concluded plans to increase some interventions by N1.1 trillion; owing to the continuing impact of the coronavirus on global supply chains.

This is contained in a statement signed by the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele in Abuja on Wednesday, March 18.

Emefiele explained that given the bank would increase its intervention in boosting local manufacturing and import substitution by another one trillion naira; across all critical sectors of the economy.

He said the management of the CBN would meet on Saturday with the Bankers Committee to work out the modalities.

The CBN governor said in addition to the N50 billion soft loans to small businesses already announced; the apex financial body would increase its intervention by another N100 billion in loan this year.

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He said the fund would be used to support health facilities to ensure laboratories; researchers; and innovators work with global scientists to patent and or produce vaccines and test kits in Nigeria to prepare for any major crises ahead.

 

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