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Nigeria’s 276 new COVID-19 cases, shoot total to 8,344, deaths 249

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…As New York governor rings opening bell at exchange as traders return***

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 276 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country, bringing the total to 8,344.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official twitter handle, said that as at May 26, 16 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

It explained that most of the fatalities recorded from COVID-19 were cases with other underlying illnesses known as co-morbidities.

The health agency in its breakdown of the latest results, said Lagos reported 161 of the new cases.

Other states with new cases include Rivers with 36, Edo – 27, Kaduna – 19, Nasarawa – 10, and Oyo – six.

There were also four new cases found in Kano, three each in Delta and Ebonyi, two in Gombe and one each in Ogun, Ondo, Borno, Abia, and Bauchi.

The number of discharged cases rose from 2,311 on Monday to 2,385.

However, 16 more deaths were recorded, taking the nation’s fatality to 249.

The NCDC noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The Agency said that as at May 26, 8,344 cases have been confirmed, 5710 Active Cases, 2385 cases have been discharged and 249 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC noted that no new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

The health agency announced the activation of two new laboratories for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network.

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“Afriglobal Medicare Laboratory in Ogun state and the Sahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Katsina state.

“This brings the total number of laboratories with COVID-19 testing capacity to 28 in the country,” the body stated.

In another development, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, as a limited number of traders returned to the historic floor for the first time since March.

The coronavirus pandemic in New York City has been particularly severe.

The city has suffered some 20,000 deaths, about a fifth of the total across the whole of the United States.

The exchange floor closed after an outbreak of several cases within the building.

Stocks opened higher on Tuesday, after a long weekend for Memorial Day observed on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up about 2.2 per cent on the open, while the S&P 500 gained some 1.8 per cent, pushing it past the 3,000 point threshold for the first time since March. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was also higher by about 1.5 per cent.

Hopes for a vaccine are helping to boost confidence, along with the gradual reopening of economies in states across the country.

Traders will have to wear masks and handshakes are banned, while social distancing measures are in place on the floor.

Several dozen traders returned – about 25 per cent of normal activity.

NYSE chief Stacey Cunningham was on CNBC, a cable news channel, and said traders had to sign an indemnification waiver and also vowed to follow the health and safety rules.

Cuomo wore a mask as he rang the bell and gave high-fives in the air, without touching anyone else.

Meanwhile, New York state continued its downward trend in reported coronavirus deaths and cases as the governor turned his focus towards helping New York’s embattled economy.

The state recorded 73 deaths from COVID-19 and roughly 200 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the lowest numbers since the start of the outbreak over two months ago, Cuomo said Tuesday during his daily press conference.

“In this absurd new reality, that is good news,” he added.



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