The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) last night 26 May reported 276 new cases of Covid-19 infections.
It also said that yesterday, 74 Covid-19 patients fully recovered and were discharged while 16 persons succumbed to the ailment.
The figures announced raise the national tally to 8,344 confirmed cases to date, with 2,385 discharged and 249 deaths from 34 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
Cross River and Kogi States are yet to report cases of the virus attack.
Apart from Ebonyi (3) and Abia (1) in the South East, the 276 new cases reported from 15 states are from Lagos (161), Rivers (36), Edo (27), Kaduna (19), Nasarawa (10), Oyo (6), Kano (4), and Delta (3).
The rest include Gombe (2), and one case each from Ogun, Ondo, Borno, and Bauchi.
Anambra Records First Fatality
The first victim of Covid-19 in the South East occurred in Anambra State yesterday, the NCDC has reported.
Gov. Willie Obiano has identified the casualty as a 66-year old man who hid his condition until it was too late.
According to him, the man’s case was reported “late to the hospital and by the time his result came back positive, 24 hours later, he had passed away,” Obiano said.
He used the incident to urge residents who show familiar signs of the disease to always come forward and on time.
“There is a possibility that his case would have been managed well if our Team had been alerted on time.
“I urge you to cooperate with our efforts to protect lives. People who hide their medical conditions run a high risk of dying from Covid-19. Please, let us bear this in mind!” the Governor said.
South East continues slow march forward
The South East recorded four new cases and discharged four Covid-19 patients yesterday, in addition to the first death in the region recorded in Anambra.
The four new cases are from Abia and Ebonyi while two patients each were discharged from Anambra and Enugu States.
FAAN fumigates Sam Mbakwe Airport ahead of reopening
Nigeria’s Aviation authority (FAAN) has fumigated the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, ahead of the planned reopening of airports in the country.
The Agency announced on 19 May that it had completed fumigation of other airports in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu, said in a webinar that the agency has concluded plans to reopen the airports for flights and warned passengers of the inconveniences they might face, chief of which will be flight delays.
“We are going to expect flight delays, flights will experience delays from checks and re-checks.”
She advised intending passengers to help accelerate the process by reporting to the airport on time to board their flights.
She also disclosed that some “activities and procedures” will take place outside the terminal building.
“Passengers will subject themselves to temperature screening and departure halls will be arranged in such a way that physical distancing too will be observed.”
As part of the measures to check the virus outbreak, Ms. Yakubu said security escorts would no longer be allowed into airport terminal.