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Lagos discharges 42 more coronavirus patients, Nasarawa records 13 new cases

The Lagos State Government on Friday, May 8, 2020 announced the recovery and discharge of 42 coronavirus patients who tested negative twice to the disease.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated in a statement that those who had recovered and discharged in Lagos were now 448.

”Good people of Lagos, 42 more persons; 22 males and 20 females, all Nigerians, have been discharged from our Isolation facilities today to reunite with the society.

”The patients, 32 from Eti-Osa (Landmark), eight from Lekki and two from Onikan Isolation centres, were discharged, having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19 in two consecutive readings.

”This brings to 448 the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State Isolation facilities,” he announced.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State has  recorded 13 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

Governor Abdullahi Sule made the disclosure on Friday in Lafia, the state capital, during a press briefing to give an update on the pandemic.

The governor explained that four out of the 13 new cases were contacts of the late state lawmaker from Nasarawa Local Government Area, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who died from COVID-19 complications on April 30.

Consequently, the governor announced an extension of the three days lockdown earlier  imposed on Nasarawa LGA on Wednesday, May 6 to Monday, May 11.

According to the governor, extension of the lockdown was to ensure more contact tracing of all confirmed cases in the area in order to prevent further spread of the pandemic in the state.

He further said that the nine other cases confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday were from those who recently returned from Kano and Lagos states and were quarantined at a holding centre in Lafia.

Sule added that, with the 13 new cases, Nasarawa State had so far recorded 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death.

“What is more disturbing is the number we received from Nasarawa Local Government Area alone, which is four out of the 20 samples tested from there. Most of these samples tested were from those who had contact with the late House of Assembly member.

“For this reason I want to call on the people of Nasarawa Local Government Area to be patient as we have to extend the lockdown for another three days so as to reduce the chances of community transmission of the virus,”  he said.

He also appealed to residents of the state to continue to adhere strictly to government’s directives  aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

As at Friday, May 8, Nasarawa State has 24 active cases of COVID-19.

By Florence Onuegbu and Olukayode Babalola

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