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10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Friday morning, April 3, 2020

Top 10 stories from Nigerian newspapers

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Friday morning.

1. COVID-19: 3,550 contacts found, cases now 190 in Nigeria

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chike Ihekweazu, on Thursday disclosed that 3,3550 contacts of COVID-19 patients had been found.

He also disclosed that confirmed cases in the country had jumped to 190 as at Thursday. Read also

2. 11 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Thursday 11 patients, who had been receiving treatment for coronavirus at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, had been discharged. The governor, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle —@jidesanwoolu –said the discharged patients included nine men and two women. Read more

3. Buhari meets with COVID-19 economic impact team, directs measures against hardship

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday met with the Presidential Committee on the impact of the coronavirus on Nigeria’s economy, and directed the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to ensure prompt payment of workers’ salaries. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. Read more

4. COVID-19: Buhari’s daughter completes isolation, reunites with family

One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari who went into self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom has reunited with her family. The First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, had, on March 19, said her daughter was in self-isolation following her return to the country from the UK, a country exposed to the virus. Read more

5. Akwa Ibom govt rejects 5 positive COVID-19 test results, demands second round of tests

The Akwa Ibom State Government Thursday demanded a reconfirmation test on the five persons that had reportedly tested positive for coronavirus in the state. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Wednesday evening announced 23 fresh cases of coronavirus in Nigeria with five coming from Akwa Ibom. Read more

Read also: 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers, Thursday morning, April 2, 2020

6. COVID-19: Atiku’s son speaks from treatment centre, says ‘fake news is very bad’

Mohammed Abubakar, son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Thursday gave an update on his recovery from coronavirus. The ex-vice president’s son tested positive for the disease about three weeks ago. Read more

7. Bauchi govt relaxes COVID-19 lockdown measures

Bauchi State government Thursday reviewed its restriction order put in place to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state. The government said the new measures, which come just 24 hours to the deadline of the lockdown imposed on the state, takes effect April 2. Read more

8. UCH medical director tests negative in ‘repeat’ COVID-19 test

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has tested negative for COVID-19 after initially testing positive for the disease. The Public Relations Officer of UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, disclosed this in a statement in Ibadan. Read more

9. COVID-19: 22 suspected cases test negative in Kano

Kano State Task Force Committee on COVID-19 said on Thursday that 22 of the 25 suspected coronavirus cases in the state had tested negative for the virus while three others were still pending. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who disclosed this at a press conference in Kano, said the state government had adopted proactive measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the state. Read more

10. Nigeria’s Lassa fever death toll reaches 185

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Thursday the Lassa fever death toll in the country had increased to 185. The centre, in its weekly situation report, noted that Nigeria had been battling the Lassa fever outbreak since the beginning of the year with 951 confirmed cases. Read more

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