The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Sunday, March 29, 2020, confirmed fourteen (14) new cases of coronavirus disease in the country as the total number of confirmed cases keep rising.
This was disclosed by the agency in a tweet message and takes the total number of infections in Nigeria to 111.
As at 09:30 pm 29th March, there are
111 confirmed cases
For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, please see https://t.co/zQrpNeOfet
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 29, 2020
According to the NCDC, “Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos and 5 in FCT
“As at 09:30 pm 29th March, there are 111 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death.
A break down of this figure shows that Lagos which has become an epicentre of this disease has 68 cases. They are followed by Abuja, which presently has 21 cases. Other states that have confirmed cases include Oyo State (7), Ogun State (3), Enugu, Edo, Osun, Bauchi with 2 confirmed cases each and Benue, Kaduna, Rivers and Ekiti with 1 case each.
The country has only recorded one death since the outbreak of the pandemic. Some high profile public official has also tested positive to the coronavirus disease, the latest being the Kaduna State, Malam El-Rufai, the Controller General of Immigration, Muhammed Babandede and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
With the rapid increase of the confirmed cases and the spread of the disease, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in his broadcast, imposed a 14 days curfew on Lagos State, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Ogun State. The restriction is at first instance and will be subject to review depending on the situation at that time.
This measure is in addition to the earlier announced shut down of the land borders and the airports (both local and international), to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease.
However, the President assured the restrictions will not affect the supply of food items and medical supplies.
Some state govenments even before the president’s broadcast and announced some restrictive measures in their various states.