Two Thousand, Eight Hundred And Two, (2,802), COVID-19 cases were recorded in Nigeria, as updated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Monday, May 4, 2020, by 11:45 pm.
The update, also, showed that, Two Hundred And Forty-Five, (245), new cases, were recorded yesterday. Four Hundred And Seventeen, (417), cases have been discharged, while the number of deaths recorded is now Ninety-Three, (93).
The number of current active cases, in Nigeria, now stands at, Two Thousand, Two Hundred And Ninety-Two, (2,292).
The Two Hundred And Forty-Five, (245), new cases, showed that, Lagos State recorded Seventy-Six, (76), new cases, while Katsina State recorded Thirty Seven, (37), new cases, with Jigawa State recording Thirty-Two, (32), new cases.
Kano State recorded Twenty-Three, (23), new cases, while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, recorded Nineteen (19), new cases, with Borno State recording Eighteen, (18), new cases.
Edo State, recorded Ten, (10) new cases, while Bauchi State recorded Nine, (9), new cases, with Adamawa State recording Six, (6), new cases.
Ogun and Oyo States recorded Five, (5), new cases each, while Benue, Ekiti, Niger, Osun and Zamfara States, each recorded One new case each.
Nigeria, carrying out only Eighteen Thousand, Five Hundred And Thirty-Six, (18,536), tests, since the beginning of the outbreak of the virus on our shores, shows that we need to carry out more tests as we are not testing enough. Nigeria has an estimated population of 200 million.
Meanwhile, Lagosians flouted the rules of engagement, bothering on the relaxation of the lockdown, by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government, especially, the ones on social distancing and the use of Face Mask, on the first day of the relaxation of the lockdown, yesterday.
Many Lagosians trooped to bus stops in their numbers, to struggle for buses, many of whose drivers, also, flouted Lagos State Government’s directives to carry only 60% of their bus’s passenger capacity.
The banks too, were full of people, milling too close to each other, in a bid to gain entrance to the few bank branches that opened for operations yesterday.
All these did not escape the watchful eyes of the officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, expressed his displeasure at the flouting of these rules.
“Today, (Monday), some of the measures are being eased. Initial reports are not too pleasing, across the country. Now that, we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us, as a society is, how do we organize ourselves, to mitigate these risks and limit transmissions from each other?”, he queried.
Ihekweazu, stated that, the government may have to re-impose the lockdown regime, if these flouting of the rules leads to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
“Though, we might have a few extra infections today and tomorrow, what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections. If we do have that explosion, there will be, almost, no choice left for the leadership of the country, but to ask all of us to go back to our homes”, Ihekweazu stated emphatically.
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