Nigeria confirmed 216 new cases of COVID-19 late Monday, bringing the total number to 6,175, including 191 deaths and 1,644 recoveries.
According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control which gave the update in a statement, the new cases were recorded in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Earlier Monday, the Nigerian government extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks and maintained a ban on inter-state travel, as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
According to Boss Mustapha, secretary of the Nigerian government, in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria was still not ready for a full reopening of its economy.
“The measures, exemptions, advisories, and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from midnight (May 18 to June 1),” Mustapha told media in Abuja.
He said the government’s latest focus is to intensify efforts to trace and treat cases, as well as elevate the level of community ownership of “non-pharmaceutical interventions.” Enditem