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Lagos: Massive Testing As Coronavirus Hits Nigerian Military, Police

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Nigeria Records 790 New Cases Of Covid-19, 603 Deaths

The Nigerian military and the police in Lagos State are said to be undergoing a massive coronavirus testing because some officers and men had tested positive for the covid-19 virus.  These personnel are said to have contracted the virus while on medical duty.  Some of them are receiving treatment at isolation centers in Lagos.

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The government says this is not unexpected since Lagos is the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.

Lagos harbors nearly three thousand of the country’s more than seven thousand total cases.

Flag officer commanding of western naval command, rear admiral Oladele Daji, confirmed that a naval lieutenant commander had recently died from the coronavirus disease. He said there are other eight positive cases in the command with the more than thirteen hundred tests conducted.

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The army’s general officer commanding 81 division, major-general Olu Irefin, says a female soldier has tested positive and is receiving treatment in the armed forces isolation center in Yaba, Lagos.

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Meanwhile, Lagos state police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, says two of his men were confirmed positive for covid-19, but that they have been treated and discharged.

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FG Receives 158 Stranded Nigerians From Niger

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FG Receives 158 Stranded Nigerians From Niger

The National Emergency Management Agency has said the Nigerian government has on Wednesday received 158 stranded Nigerian migrants from Niamey, Niger Republic.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, and the National Emergency Management Agency received the stranded migrants as they arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 10 pm on Wednesday and were all tested negative for COVID-19.

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Spokesperson for NEMA, Ezekiel Manzo said in a statement issued in Abuja that the migrants were placed on self-isolation in accordance with the requirements of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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NEMA said in the statement “NiDCOM (Nigeria in Diaspora Commission) reports that one of the migrants, Aiahatu Abdullahi, could not make the flight as she was delivered of a baby boy on July 24, 2020.”

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It added, “Abdullahi, her husband, the newborn child as well as three of their other kids will remain in Niger until such a time when another trip is organised.”

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Nigeria Records 404 New COVID-19 Cases Pushing Totals Past 42,000

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Nigeria Records 404 New COVID-19 Cases Pushing Totals Past 42,000

Nigeria is now nursing forty-two thousand, two hundred eight cases of Coronavirus infections after the country’s Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reported four hundred and four new cases on Wednesday.

The new cases represent the lowest daily record for this month.  July started with a high number of seven hundred and ninety COVID-19 cases on the first.  The lowest figure before now was five days ago when four hundred thirty-five cases were confirmed.

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The number of deaths rose to eighty hundred seventy-three after five new fatalities were reported on Wednesday.

Just about half of the total cases still have the virus while nineteen thousand and four have recovered.  The infections are spread among thirty-five states and the federal capital territory.

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NCDC says Wednesday’s new cases were reported in 19 states with Lagos booking the highest number of one hundred and six, followed by the Federal Capital Territory at fifty-four.

NCDC has advised Nigerians to adhere to established COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining physical distancing and embracing proper hygiene as they prepare for Sallah festivities that begin today, Thursday.  The center also urged the elderly and Nigerians with underlying health conditions to be more cautious so they won’t risk contracting the virus.

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4 Of 50 Persons Arrested In Kwara Nightclub Test Positive For Coronavirus

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4 Of 50 Persons Arrested In Kwara Nightclub Test Positive For Coronavirus

Four out of the fifty persons arrested at an Ilorin nightclub nearly two weeks ago by the Kwara technical committee on covid-19 have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chairman of the state’s medical advisory committee on covid-19, Dr. Femi Oladiji, told the news agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday the infected persons have been contacted but had not been taken to isolation centers.

He said one people are told about their test results, they cannot be forced to report to authorities.  He said many people are carriers that have been going about their normal lives because they are asymptomatic. He said many Kwarans do not know they have the virus.

Dr. Oladiji says the best thing at this stage is preventive measures because of the rampant spread of the virus.  He says those with symptoms should visit the isolation centers while those without symptoms should self-isolate.

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