Coronavirus in Nigeria has risen to 40 with the confirmation of 4 new cases by the NCDC.
This burgeoning online news platform understands that three of the additional cases are in Lagos State while one was discovered at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
A statement by the NCDC reads as thus; “Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State and 1 in FCT
“Two of these cases are returning travellers
“As at 11:00 pm on the 23rd of March, there are 40 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. 2 have been discharged with 1 death recorded,” the statement added.
Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos State and 1 in FCT
Two of these cases are returning travellers
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) March 23, 2020
NewsOne Nigeria reports that as of 11:00 pm on the 23rd of March, there are 40 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Nigeria. Two out of the number confirmed have been discharged while one death has been recorded.
In a related development, a report has emerged, suggesting that 25 Nigerian lawmakers have contracted the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
NewsOne Nigeria understands that the 25 Nigerian lawmakers that have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus include members of the Nigerian Senate and members of the House of Representatives.
A report monitored on a Nigerian online news platform, ALEDEH, quoted a reliable source to have said that 10 senators and 15 members of the House of Representatives are reportedly hospitalised in private hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus.
The report by the online newspaper added that some of the Nigerian lawmakers had arrived from London, the United Kingdom over the past week.
Meanwhile, NewsOne Nigeria reports that the claim by ALEDEH is coming after Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari raised an urgent public health alarm to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, informing him of the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials.
In a letter to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila on March 21, the President’s Chief of Staff said Nigeria’s Minister of Health had drawn his attention to repeated violation of screening procedure at the nation’s airports.
“As you are aware, these airport screenings are our primary line of defence and refusal by any citizen to subject to these tests is a threat to our nation,” the Chief of Staff wrote the Speaker of the nation’s House of Representatives.
In the letter which surfaced on social media Monday morning, Kyari admonished Gbajabiamila to immediately rein in the excesses of federal lawmakers and ask all those who have refused to submit to a medical test for coronavirus (COVID-19) to report themselves at the screening centres across the country. The letter did not specifically name the lawmakers that declined screening upon returning from a foreign trip.