The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, April 11; confirmed 13 new cases of coronavirus; as the total coronavirus infection toll in Nigeria rises to 318.
Despite the rise, there are only 238 active cases in Nigeria.
NCDC gave this confirmation via a tweet posted on its verified Twitter handle.
“13 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported; 11 in Lagos, 1 in Delta & 1 in Kano.
“As at 9:30 pm 11th April, there are 318 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 70 have been discharged with 10 deaths.
“There are 19 states with confirmed cases in Nigeria,” the tweet reads.
13 new cases of #COVID19 have been reported; 11 in Lagos, 1 in Delta & 1 in Kano
As at 9:30pm 11th April there are 318 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 70 have been discharged with 10 deaths
There are 19 states with confirmed cases in Nigeria pic.twitter.com/xXbp6lX2mS
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 11, 2020
Also, the Federal Government on Friday, April 11, announced the extension of the lockdown of some states; including Lagos and Abuja due to coronavirus, as earlier proclaimed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is contrary to expectations that the lockdown may have been relaxed.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus; Boss Mustapha, who spoke in Abuja, said the government was working on incentives; medical and life insurance for medical workers in the frontline of the fight against the pandemic.
He further stated; “The evaluation of the impact of the restriction order of movement continues as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) will appropriately brief the President shortly and Nigerians will be adequately informed of the decision of Government.”
Mustapha also reiterated that the presence of Chinese medical professionals in the country was for capacity building; especially on the protection of frontline health workers and maintenance of the equipment that they have brought.
Giving an update on efforts by the government to curtail the pandemic at a media briefing; Mustapha re-emphasised that the Chinese medical team “will not directly meet nor interact with our patients while in Nigeria.
He said he was aware and has indeed been a champion of the reform and transformation of the healthcare system.