Nigeria’s poverty rate is on the increase and other #COVID-19 updates across Nigeria

Although the working situation seems to be improving with the easing of the lockdown, Nigerian workers and consumers still face challenges in all sectors of the economy, the second round of the COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone survey (COVID-19 NLPS) conducted In June, by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has shown.
According to the survey, millions of Nigerians have been struggling to survive, as there has not been any significant improvement in safety nets or other sources of income assistance from institutions and/or remittances.

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Anambra targets 115, 974 COVID-19 tests in six months

The reported 12 deaths and 101 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Anambra in the latest update of statistics released by the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) have taken the state to the drawing board, as governor Willie Obiano has mapped out strategies to meet the target of 4,425 tests per week or 115, 974 tests for the state from July to December this year.

To meet this national average target set by the NCDC, the government plans to appropriate the best out of the successfully established major testing facility at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, in addition to deployment of considerable number of specialists to collect samples from the populace.

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South-west states to reopen schools August 3 for WASSCE

The six south-west states have agreed to reopen schools in August to enable graduating students sit for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The states are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.

The states’ commissioners for education and special advisers on education and State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) reached the agreement at a virtual meeting organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission on Wednesday.

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Winning against COVID-19 is no easy task

Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Wednesday, said the fight against COVID-19 is no easy task.

The governor appreciated the efforts of medical personnel in the fight against the pandemic in the state, empathising with those who had contracted the virus.

Speaking while opening of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), mini sports centre, in Ilorin, AbdulRazaq represented by Commissioner for Health, Dr. Raji Razaq, wished those that had been infected speedy recovery.

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Nigeria records 643 new coronavirus cases

Nigeria reported 643 new confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 34,259, the country’s infectious disease outfit, NCDC, announced early Thursday.

Of the 643 new cases, Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, reported 230 infections, bringing the total number of infections there to 12,941.

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