Hard truths about achieving social distancing in Lagos communities and other #COVID19 updates across Nigeria

Nigeria has an estimated population of 200 million and while it continues to record hundreds of COVID-19 cases daily. Observers say these figures do not reflect the true situation, because the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is not carrying out enough tests.

Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria with an estimated 21 million people. The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics report that 8.5 per cent of the 21 million people living in Lagos, live in poverty — about 1.7 million people. Many also live on incomes earned largely on a daily basis.

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Nigeria records 490 new COVID-19 cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 490 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 24,567.

Seven deaths were recorded from the virus on Sunday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 565.

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Deaths surge as doctors feud over COVID-19 pre-admission status

Many private hospitals now insist on a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) certificate before attending to sick patients, a situation that has inadvertently led to many non-COVID-19 deaths.

Since one of the largest private hospitals in Lagos was shut down on account of exposure to COVID-19 in April, many private hospitals have closed their doors to the admission of patients.

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74.2% of businesses no longer operating — NECA

Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), has raised the alarm that 74.2 per cent of businesses have stopped operations due to COVID-19 pandemic.

At a briefing, weekend, in Lagos, acting President of NECA, Taiwo Adeniyi, disclosed that 15.8 per cent of businesses were either fully on site or teleworking.

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Reps okay safety standards by aviation ministry

House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has expressed satisfaction with safety measures put in place by the Ministry Aviation and other critical stakeholders for the resumption of flight operations after 3 months of shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman of the Committee, Nnoli Nnaji, who stated this in Abuja Sunday, also commended major airlines for conducting test flights to ascertain the air worthiness of their aircraft before full resumption.

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