COVID-19: 417 Infections, 3 Deaths Recorded On Monday As Nigeria Prepares To Open International Borders

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday, Nigeria recorded 417 new COVID-19 infections.

This development brings the total number of cases in the country to 49, 485. Whereas, more than 36, 000 have recovered and discharged.

Three deaths were recorded from the virus in the past 24 hours pushing the total number of confirmed covid-19 related deaths from the virus to 977.

According to the NCDC data, almost half of the COVID-19 cases on Monday (207) were recorded in Lagos, which remains the epicentre for the virus in Nigeria.

Nigeria has been reporting daily cases below 500 for more than a month now.

The 417 new infections are from the following 17 states:

Lagos-207, Kaduna-44, Ondo-38, Abia-28, Anambra-21, Plateau-20, Bauchi-13, Oyo-9, Ebonyi-9, Delta-7, Edo-7, Enugu-6, Niger-3, Gombe-2, Ogun-1, FCT-1, Kano-1.

With more than half of the daily tally on Monday, Lagos further extended its lead on the infections tally to over 17, 000, about a third of the country’s total.

In another development, plans to reopen the nation’s airports to international flights are underway.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced that international flights would resume on August 29.

He said the flight operations would commence in and out of two airports; the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

President Muhammad Buhari had in March ordered the suspension of international flights to curb the influx of imported cases of the COVID-19 virus in the country.

While local flights were also suspended, they resumed about a month ago as the country struggles to balance reopening its economy with fighting the deadly virus.

As Nigeria among other African countries begin to reopen land borders and air space, the World Health Organisation warned against a surge in imported infection.

The first coronavirus in Nigeria was imported by an Italian traveller in late February. Since then, nearly 50, 000 cases have been reported in the West African nation.

It was after reporting its first case that Nigeria suspended flights from countries with high COVID-19 transmission.

This has affected the free flow of passengers and goods, thereby having a negative impact on the country’s economy.

Some other African countries including Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania and Zambia have resumed commercial flights.

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