As the country fights the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday announced 999 new Covidom infections, probably the highest number of reported cases in the country in a single day.
A large number of recently recorded Covid cases led a presidential working group for COVID-19 to order the reopening of all isolation and treatment centers, which had been closed due to reduced patient workload.
The PTF has also reintroduced some restrictive measures in public places in the country for five weeks.
Giving news last night, the NCDC said that Lagos and the federal territory of the capital, Abuja, have the largest number of cases recorded on Tuesday in the country.
The center stated: “On December 22, 2020, 999 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
“To date, 79,789 cases have been confirmed, 68,879 cases have been completed and 1,231 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and on the territory of the Federal Capital.
“999 new cases were reported from 18 countries – FCT (416), Lagos (324), Kaduna (68), Visoravan (42), Kwara (32), Kano (24), Gombe (14), Sokoto (12), Yobe (12), Akwa Ibom (11), Bayelsa (10), Rivers (7), Bauchi (7), Ogun (6), Oyo (5), Edo (4), Taraba (4) and Jigawa (1) ). “
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Lagos and Abuja are the two main entry points to Nigeria. The two cities have Murtala Muhammed International Airport and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, respectively. The two airports receive over 90 percent of the country’s annual passenger traffic.
With the new strain of the virus, more than 40 countries have banned flights from the UK to prevent new virus imports.
Notable Nigerians, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; and famous Virology professor Oyewale Tomori called on the government to ban travelers from heavy-duty areas.