…As Katsina Govt reopens weekly markets***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Thursday that it recorded 350 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number in the country to 11,516, just as the Katsina State Government opens up weekly markets in Charanchi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Dandume, Zango, Danja, Bakori, Yankara, Kafur and Dankama.
According to its official Twitter handle, all new cases, as at June 4, 2020, Nigeria has 350 new confirmed cases with eight deaths.
NCDC stated that the new cases were reported from 20 States: Lagos (102), Ogun (34), FCT (29), Borno (26), Kaduna (23), Rivers (21), Kwara (16), Ebonyi (17), Katsina (14), Edo (10), Delta (10), Kano (10), Bauchi (10), Bayelsa (9), Imo (8), Plateau (4), Ondo (3), Nasarawa (2), Gombe (1) and Oyo (1).
However, no new state had reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC said that till date, 11,516 cases have been confirmed, out of which 7,658 are active cases; 3,535 cases have been treated and discharged, and 323 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The agency called on Nigerians to observe the procedures for quarantine, avoid public places and ensure public hygiene.
“We cannot solve problems of over 60 years in six weeks.
“As we work hard to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection to health care workers on the frontlines, we need a fundamental change in our approach to infection, prevention and control in Nigerian hospitals,“ it stated.
In the meantime, the Katsina State Government has directed the reopening of all major weekly markets across the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.
He said that the markets would be reopened with effect from June 5.
“The decision was taken as a result of a drop in the emergence of new COVID-19 cases.
“Also as a result of concerns by the government on the adverse effects of the shutting down of markets on the socio-economic activities and means of livelihood of majority of people in the state,” he said.
Inuwa, however, warned that the easing and lifting of lockdown, ban, restrictions of movement and reopening of markets “does not mean that there is no more coronavirus in the state.”
“The disease still exists. Old people and those with health challenges must avoid crowded places,” he said.
The SGS stressed the need for people to abide by the health and security protocols, including wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing with soap and use of sanitisers.
The affected markets are located in Charanchi, Mai’adua, Mashi, Dandume, Zango, Danja, Bakori, Yankara, Kafur and Dankama.
Others are in Kaita, Kagadama, Dutsi, Garkin-Daura and Kayawa, among others.