By Samuel Ogunsona
The Federal Government has confirmed five fresh cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria, making the total number of cases in the country eight. The Minister of Health Prof Osagie Ehanire announced the figure this morning. Irohinoodua had reported exclusively yesterday of the new case involving a man of Indian origin.
With the new confirmation this afternoon, Nigeria may be heading for a lockdown inspite of what appears like official plots to sweep the emerging cases under the carpet. There are also concerns about the test mechanism in Nigeria with the reported death of the 70 year old woman in Enugu. The woman was suspected to have contracted Coronavirus. Local authorities said she later tested negative but her daughter had taken to the social media saying that her mother was not given any good medical attention and could not receive help line for days over the weekend.
Today, the FG also announced entry restrictions on travellers from the United States of America, (US), United Kingdom, (UK), China and 10 others with over 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The Presidential Task Force on coronavirus led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Boss Mustapha, stated this ad part of measures to safeguard the nation.
Other nations affected by the restrictions include Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Iran and South Korea.
The task force said travellers from these countries would be subjected to supervised self-isolation and testing for 14 days.Nigeria now has three confirmed cases of COVID 19,one female and two males.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has ordered the immediate closure of the ongoing National Youth Corps Service orientation camps nationwide over coronavirus fears.
The 2020 Batch A Stream One NYSC members arrived on camp on March 10 and were expected to leave three weeks after.
But the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Wednesday, said the NYSC members would be released to resume at their places of primary assignment.
According to him the closure was a precautionary measure on coronavirus.
“Today across the country, the NYSC Orientation camps will be closed and Youth Corpers will be paid and sent to their places of primary assignment.