…As FIFA postpones U-17, U-20 Women’s World Cup, Futsal World Cup to 2021***
Nigeria has recorded 146 new cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total infections to 4,787
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Tuesday confirmed the new cases.
Of the 146 cases, the centre said 57 were from Lagos, 27 from Kano, 10 in Kwara, nine in Edo, eight in Bauchi, seven in Yobe, and four each in Kebbi and Oyo states.
The centre said Katsina and Niger recorded three cases each while Plateau, Borno, Benue, and Sokoto recorded two each.
It said Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Ogun, FCT and Rivers recorded one each.
The NCDC also said that six new patients died, bringing the total number of deaths to 158.
According to the agency, 146 new confirmed cases and six deaths were recorded on May 12.
The NCDC noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The agency said that till date,3,670 cases are active while 959 patients have been discharged.
The centre also said 158 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
It was reported that the NCDC announced the inclusion of the 24th laboratory to the National COVID-19 Network in the country.
The agency also outlined guidelines for the integration of private sector laboratories for COVID-19 testing in the country.
“We have published a guidance document, including a checklist, on how private laboratories with molecular diagnostic capacity can join the National COVID-19 Laboratory Network,” it tweeted.
In the meantime, the world football governing body, FIFA, has announced the postponement of the FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup and the Futsal World Cup due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A statement on FIFA website on Tuesday said the decision which was subjected to further monitoring was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council.
According to the statement, this followed a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group.
”FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 to hold from Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and on or before Dec. 31, 2004).
”FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 to hold from Feb. 17 to March 7, 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after Jan. 1, 2003, and on or before Dec. 31, 2005).
”FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020 Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, 2021,” the statement read in part.
It however noted that the 70th FIFA Congress, which was originally due to take place in Addis Ababa, would now hold as an online event on Sept. 18, 2020.