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COVID-19: US announces N2.6b aid to Nigeria

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The United States Government Friday announced a $7 million (about N2.6 billion) emergency health and humanitarian aid to Nigeria to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The US States Department said in a statement that this is part of a $274 million (N103 billion) assistance package to at least 63 countries affected by the disease.

Nigeria’s share, the statement said, would go into funding of “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination.”

“This assistance joins more than $5.2 billion (N1.9 trillion) in US health assistance and more than $8.1 billion (N3trillion) in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years,’’ it said.

READ ALSO: NCDC confirms 5 new COVID-19 cases; number of Nigeria’s infections now 70

As of Friday evening, Nigeria had 70 confirmed cases and one death from COVID-19, whose global infection and fatality figures stood at 500, 000 and 23,000 respectively.

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