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COVID-19: Coronavirus News Update For Saturday, May 30, 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 Saturday, May 30, 2020.

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

NCDC Reports 387 New Coronavirus Cases In Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 387 new cases of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.

In a post on its official Twitter handle on Friday night, NCDC reported that Lagos State recorded 254 cases, the Federal Capital Territory recorded 29 cases, Jigawa State had 24 cases, Edo State recorded 22 cases, Oyo State recorded 15 cases, Rivers State recorded 14 cases and Kaduna State had eleven cases.

According to the tweet, Borno State recorded six new cases, Kano State receded three cases Plateau, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi state had two cases each, and Ondo State recorded one case.

Naija News reports that the latest stats bring the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 9302 with 2697 patients discharged, and 261 deaths recorded.

NCDC Replies Kogi State Government Over Its COVID-19 Status

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has noted that there is no controversy or dilemma about the COVID-19 status of Kogi State.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC Director-General said on Thursday that the agency stands by its report that the state has recorded two cases of COVID-19.

Naija News reports that for many weeks, Kogi State maintained its status as a COVID-19 free state but on Wednesday, May 27, the NCDC recorded two cases against the state.

However, the state Commissioner for Health, Saka Haruna-Audu, in a statement released Thursday morning, dismissed the results, saying the state has conducted hundreds of tests for COVID19 and all have returned negative.

Reacting, Ihekweazu while speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 in Abuja on Thursday evening said the NCDC stands by its report of two COVID-19 cases in Kogi State.

“There is actually no dilemma in the two cases. They followed absolutely normal practice. The patient that was referred from the Federal Medical Center to the National Hospital. This is a normal referral pathway when you have a case. The physicians in the National Hospital suspected COVID-19 from the clinical symptoms of the patient, asked for a test, it came out positive. The individual lives in Kogi state.”

COVID-19: Buhari Govt Reveals When Airports Will Reopen

The Federal Government has revealed that major Nigerian airports will reopen in a few days time following its closure due to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

Naija News reports that the airports have been shut since March 13 in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Speaking at a virtual event organized by the Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ART) on Friday, the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, said the flights will begin at selected airports.