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COVID-19: Coronavirus News Update For Friday, May 22, 2020




BREAKING: NCDC Confirms Cases Of Omicron Variant In Nigeria

Good day, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top Coronavirus (COVID-19) news headlines for today Friday, May 22, 2020.

Below is a roundup of top stories on the COVID-19 disease

NCDC Confirms 339 New Cases Of Coronavirus

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday night confirmed three hundred and thirty-nine new cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The agency in a post on their official Twitter account confirmed the new cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 7016.

Meanwhile, 1907 patients have been discharged, while 211 deaths have been recorded in the country.

COVID-19: FG Takes New Decision On Public Gathering Ahead Of Eid

The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted public gatherings in the country to 20 persons ahead of Eldi Fitri Celebration amid Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Thursday at the ongoing briefing of the taskforce.

The Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 said the decision is a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

“A strong advisory from the PTF is that large gatherings beyond 20 persons remain restricted,” Mustapha said.

Lagos Records Four New Coronavirus Deaths

Lagos State led Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has recorded four new Coronavirus deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state to forty-two.

Naija News reports that the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, announced this on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on Thursday, May 21.

This online news platform understands that the tweet also revealed that 191 cases of Coronavirus in Lagos, were recorded on Wednesday, May 20.

Finally, WHO Backs Madagascar’s COVID-19 Cure Despite Bribery Allegations

The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has revealed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has agreed to consider the country’s COVID Organics for a clinical observation process.

In a post on Twitter, Rajoelina disclosed that he had a meeting with WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus via a video call.

He wrote: “Successful exchange with @DrTedros who commends #Madagascar’s efforts in the fight against #Covid19 and congratulates us for the discovery of #CovidOrganics.

“WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in #Africa.

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“Following @WHO’s invitation to be part of Solidarity Trial for clinical trials, #Madagascar will prove the effectiveness of its third protocol that combines two injectable medicines that are different from #CovidOrganics.”