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Nigeria Records 146 COVID-19 New Cases

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed one hundred forty-six new covid-19 cases in the country on Thursday, with Lagos carrying the brunt of the new cases.

Of the sixty-five thousand eight hundred thirty-nine cases so far confirmed in the country, NCDC sys sixty-one thousand five hundred seventy-three patients have been discharged.  Eleven hundred sixty-five have died of the disease.

Lagos posted sixty-two of the new cases while the federal capital territory swallows twenty-three.  Kaduna gulped twenty-one while Ogun and Rivers each confirmed twelve cases.  Six other states recorded cases in the single digits.

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Buhari Signs Executive Order Mandating Use Of Face Mask

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Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order mandating the use of face mask in public places.  Penalties for defaulters include six months jail term, a fine, or both.

The document, section 5 of the quarantine act was signed on Tuesday.

The coronavirus disease health protection 2021 act, makes the use of face mask mandatory in public places.

On Wednesday, Nigeria recorded its second highest daily death toll from COVID-19, as infections continue to surge.  At least 22 deaths were confirmed, and nearly nineteen hundred new cases which brought total fatalities to 1,544.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC says a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases has now raised the total number of infections in the country to 126,160.

The Executive order became necessary as Part 1 which, deals with restrictions on gatherings, stipulates that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons.

The document also adds, “notwithstanding the provision of regulation 1, no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.

“All persons in public gatherings, whether in enclosed or open spaces, shall adhere to the provisions of part 2 of these regulations.

“The provisions of these regulations may be varied by guidelines and protocols as may be issued, from time to time, by the presidential task force on COVID-19 on the recommendation of the nigeria centre for disease control.”

Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centre or any other similar establishment “except he is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth; he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the national agency for food and drug administration and control; and his body temperature has been checked. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.”

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Governor Ortom Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Benue governor, Samuel Ortom has tested positive for the coronavirus.  The governor, who is a-symptomatic, has started receiving COVID-19 treatment.

Most of Ortom’s close aides are said to have tested positive in the last few weeks.

The governor has advised those who had been in contact with him in the last few days to submit for covid-19 tests.  He also stressed that they should also encourage those with whom they have come in contact to also seek the virus tests to ensure their covid-19 status.

He also advised Benue residents to ensure compliance with COVID-19 measures, including wearing of face masks, use of sanitizer, regular hand-washing and physical and social distancing.

Ortom also said people should not be afraid of going for COVID-19 tests as that would help in curbing the spread of the disease.

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Nigeria Customs To Begin Reduction On Vehicle Duties

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The Nigeria Customs Service says reduction on imported vehicles duties will begin next week.

Comptroller-general of customs, Hamed Ali said the vehicle tariff reduction is already contained in the 2020 Finance Act.

Ali told newsmen on Tuesday they are expecting an official communication from the finance ministry on the plan.  He said once it is received, they will commence implementation immediately and inform command. He added “we are hoping that latest by next week, it will become operational.”

NCS said a slash on duties is to ease the cost of transportation in Nigeria.

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