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Northern governors say their states have 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.
In a communique issued after the Northern States Governors Forum held a teleconference on Wednesday, the governors appealed to the federal government for relief as they make effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The meeting was presided over by Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state.
In a communique that read in parts, the governors agreed that they have recorded progress in the return of Almajiri kids to their home states.
They said they would continue to follow the laid-down protocol for “profiling, quarantining, testing, transportation, handing and taking over as well as reintegration”.
“The Governors also maintained their earlier decision to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas,”
“On enforcing closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern Governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including Presidential orders, there are still violations where people move from one State to another through compromise and use of illegal routes.
“The forum resolved to continue their appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as the northern region now has about 54% of the national cases and 70 percent of new infections.”
Coronavirus cases in Nigeria on Wednesday keeps rising with 284 new cases reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
The new cases, confirmed by specialist agency the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Twitter took the country’s total infections to 6,677 out of which 1,840 have been discharged with 200 losing their lives.
A summary account of the last update by the NCDC, “284 new cases of #COVID19; 199-Lagos 26-Rivers 19-Oyo 8-FCT 8-Borno 7-Plateau 6-Jigawa 5-Kano 2-Abia 1-Ekiti 1-Delta 1-Kwara 1-Taraba 6677 cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria Discharged: 1840 Deaths: 200?.
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