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Coronavirus kills 12 in Nigeria as cases rise to 407

Coronavirus continues to spread in Nigeria. A total of 34 new cases have been reported in the country.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria now stands at 407, the
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The virus has so far killed 12 people in Nigeria. In its Tweet, NCDC said: “Thirty-four new cases of #COVID19 have been reported as follows: 18 in Lagos, 12 in Kano, two in Katsina, one in Delta, one in Niger.

“As of 11:20 pm on the 15th of April, there are 407 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 128 have been discharged with 12 deaths.

“Number of states with confirmed cases of #COVID-19: 19 + FCT. Currently, Lagos has 232 cases, FCT- 58, Osun- 20, Kano- 16, Edo- 15, Oyo- 11, Ogun- nine, Katsina- seven, Bauchi- six, Kaduna- six, Akwa Ibom- six, Kwara- four, Delta- four, Ondo- three, Enugu- two, Ekiti- two, Rivers -two, Niger- two, Benue- one, and Anambra- one.”

On Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria announced a 14-day extension to a lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The lockdown in the 3 cities was initially meant to last for 14 days, until 13th April. Addressing the nation, Mr Buhari said it was “necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020.”

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Meanwhile Nigeria will receive a donation of $55m from the European Union to boost the country’s fight against coronavirus, Nigerian Presidency said after a meeting between an EU delegation and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The presidency wrote on Twitter: “Receiving the EU delegation to the country, led by Amb Ketil Karlsen, President Buhari said the donation would go a long way in supporting Nigeria’s efforts at controlling & containing the virus to prevent community spread, as well as revitalise the national health care systems.

“The President used the occasion to express sincere condolences of the Government and people of Nigeria to EU-member countries and families who lost their loved ones as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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