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COVID-19: Oyo lamely pursues Lagos as 566 new cases jump infections to 25,133

Lagos COVID-19 cases near 15, 000
Written by Maritime First

…Lagos Police arrest 179 violators of interstate travel restriction, impound 43 vehicles***

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday announced 566 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25,133.

The centre announced this via its official Twitter handle.

It said that the 566 new confirmed cases were from 20 states, with eight deaths as of June 29.

The health agency added that no new state reported a case in the past 24 hours.

The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 166 new cases, followed by Oyo which reported 66 new infections.

Amongst others were Delta 53, Ebonyi 43, Plateau 34, Ondo 32, FCT 26, Ogun 25, Edo 24, Imo 15, Bayelsa 13, Benue 12, Gombe 11,  Kano 11, Kaduna 11, Osun 8, Nasarawa 7, Borno 5, Katsina 2, and Anambra 2.

The NCDC said till date, 25,133 cases had been confirmed, out of which 15, 256 were active cases, and 9,402 being treated and discharged cases.

According to the centre, 132, 304 samples have been collected while 573 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Also read: Lagos leads with 118 cases, Delta 84, Ebonyi 68

Meanwhile, NCDC has said that with the absence of a vaccine, non- pharmaceutical interventions such as the use of face masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene remain the most effective strategy to limit COVID-19 spread.

It added that with the ongoing community transmission of COVID-19, it had become imperative for Nigerians to #TakeResponsibility by adhering to all recommended measures.

In the meantime, the Police Command in Lagos State has arrested 179 persons and impounded 43 commercial vehicles for violating the interstate non-essential travel restriction.

This is contained in a statement signed on Monday by the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana.

He said that the violators were arrested in various interstate checkpoints and motor parks in Lagos State.

“Forty-three commercial bus drivers alongside their passengers en route to various states in the country were arrested,” he said.

Elkana said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, warned commercial vehicle operators against violating interstate movement restriction order.

“Passengers were also warned against non-essential interstate travel,” the police officer said.


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