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Only Lagos , Kano , Ogun , FCT Still Conducting COVID – 19 Tests – PTF

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The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chike Ihekweazu, has said that the COVID-19 transmission would rise with the reopening of schools and airports.
He, therefore, warned against complacency and the belief that infection rates were declining.
Speaking on Monday during a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, the DG said only Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Ogun and Kano states had been consistently carrying out a high volume of testing.
Specifically, Ihekweazu said testing rates had declined drastically in Taraba, Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa and Yobe states.
The DG observed that Nigerians were not responding to the plea to come out for testing, adding that the testing needed to be sustained in order to combat the pandemic.
He added, “I am very confident about what is going on in Lagos, FCT, Ogun and probably Kano and a few other states. Having said that, it doesn’t mean they should let down their guards completely.
“In fact, with schools and airports opening, we have to increase the level of our testing because inevitably, there would be more transmission. So, how are you able to mitigate the impact of that moving forward, given that we have learnt so much about this virus in the last few months.”
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, called for more vigilance to forestall possible resurgence of the COVID-19 as schools resumed in some states across the country.
He warned that the appreciable progress recorded might be eroded, especially due to the opening of the airspaces to international travels, relaxation of a number of restrictions and opening up of more sectors of the economy.
The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said Nigeria was performing below target in terms of tests for COVID-19, warning Nigerians against making the country to record a second wave of the pandemic.
According to him, people are avoiding the tests for various reasons, including payment, fear and stigma.
He, however, stated that the government had established and accreditedlaboratories where tests are done for free.
Aliyu said, “The PTF remains seriously concerned about the current low testing rate we have in the country. Nigerians are not getting tested for COVID-19 but we must test to track, in order to slow the spread of the virus even further and to stop any more preventable COVID-related death.”
Aliyu urged Nigerians to go for COVID-19 tests, which he said are free at 69 laboratories and centres across the country. According to him, a weekly assessment by the PTF had shown that more Nigerians have shown lack of interest in testing for the virus.

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How we mitigated COVID-19 impact –NDIC

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The Managing Director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, (NDIC), Mr Umaru Ibrahim, on Monday revealed the strategic steps taken to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19-induced lockdown on the Nigerian financial sector.

Addressing journalists in Lagos at the 2020 Workshop for Business Editors and Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), Umaru stated that by activating its Crisis Management Plan, it successfully prevented the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on its activities and that of other financial institutions under its supervision.

“As disruptive as the COVID-19 pandemic has been to other sectors of the country, I would like to humbly state that the NDIC was not caught napping. Based on its robust and proactive Enterprise Risk Management strategy, the corporation immediately swung into action by activating its Crisis Management Action Plan to prevent any negative impact on the operations of the NDIC and the financial institutions under its supervision”.

However, the NDIC boss admitted that the pandemic has negatively disrupted social and economic activities across the globe, adding that this impact impinged on the financial sector and its regulators and consumers.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant disruptions to social and economic activities had negative consequences on all lives and nations across the world. The threat of recession, increased national debt, increase in non-performing loans and potential financial crisis has put pressure on regulators to reassestheir supervisory activities to strengthen their capabilities to address these challenges and forestall financial crises.

“The emergence of digital financial services enabled by financial technology (Fintech) has enhanced efficiency in the financial sector but has also posed new challenges to financial regulators and consumers. This became more apparent during the pandemic when the lockdown protocols hindered physical access to financial services, encouraging more Nigerians to rely on digital financial services. Inevitably, the media was also adversely impacted by the pandemic. Our attempts to tackle the erosion of public confidence due to the prevalence of fake news, particularly via social media, became a matter of serious concern,” the NDIC boss stated.

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133 New Covid-19 Cases , 54 Discharged And 2 Deaths On October 18

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133 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-90
Rivers-13
FCT-8
Kaduna-8
Oyo-6
Ondo-3
Katsina-2
Nasarawa-2
Plateau-1
61,440 confirmed
56,611 discharged
1,125 deaths https:///70r5julALb
https://twitter.com/NCDCgov/status/1317953400877817857?s=19
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On the 18th of October 2020, 133 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 61440 cases have been confirmed, 56611 cases have been discharged and 1125 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 133 new cases are reported from 9 states- Lagos (90), Rivers (13), FCT ( , Kaduna ( , Oyo (6), Ondo (3), Katsina (2), Nasarawa (2), Plateau (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

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113 New COVID-19 Cases , 4253 Discharged And 4 Deaths On October 17

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113 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
Lagos-37
Kaduna-16
Ogun-11
Plateau-11
Taraba-8
Rivers-7
FCT-6
Enugu-4
Niger-4
Edo-3
Delta-2
Imo-2
Benue-1
Kano-1

Highlights
On the 17th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
Till date, 61307 cases have been confirmed, 56557 cases have been discharged and 1123 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
The 113 new cases are reported from 14 states- Lagos (37), Kaduna (16), Ogun (11), Plateau (11), Taraba ( , Rivers (7), FCT (6), Enugu (4), Niger (4), Edo (3), Delta (2), Imo (2), Benue (1), Kano (1)
A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

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