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NCDC announces 10 new COVID-19 cases, total now 224

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country has recorded 10 fresh cases of COVID-19 in Lagos, Abuja, and Edo.

NCDC, through its verified Twitter account on Sunday, April 5; said that of the 10 new cases, Lagos has six, while Abuja and Edo have two cases each.

The new cases brought Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 224.

Twenty-seven of the cases had recovered and discharged while five deaths had been recorded.

It said that currently, Lagos has 115 cases; Abuja- 45; Osun- 20; Oyo and Edo have nine cases each, Bauch -six; Akwa Ibom- five; Ogun and Kaduna four cases each.

Others were: Enugu and Ekiti- two cases each, while Rivers and Benue and Ondo States have one case respectively.

It was gathered that data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Region, showed that there were 8,377 cases on the African continent with 371 deaths recorded.

Also, the Lagos State Government says it will take responsibility for the medical bills of all maternity and emergency patients; at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known on Saturday at Lagos House, Marina.

He disclosed this while briefing newsmen on updates on the COVID-19 lockdown in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said that the state government would treat such category of patients free of charge; as part of efforts to cushion the effects of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

‘‘As additional ameliorating measure to complement the welfare packages previously announced, the Lagos State Government will; for the duration of the restriction on movement; take full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.

‘‘The patients to benefit are those that fall in the following category of Emergency/Casualty cases; including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries, and drugs. The patients that fall in the category of Maternity Cases, include normal delivery and Caesarean Sections (CS).

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