As at 11:50 pm 19th April there are 627 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria, the NCDC reported. The figure included eighty-six new cases from the previous figure of 541. The tally of discharged people stood at 170 with deaths at 21.
The new cases included 70 in Lagos, 7 in FCT, 3 in Katsina, 3 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Jigawa, 1 in Bauchi and 1 in Borno. Jigawa and Borno becoming the latest states to record cases.
Meanwhile, reactions continue to trail the death of Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff who succumbed to COVID-19 last Friday. He was buried on Saturday (April 18) with the event attracting critique over the lack of observance of social distancing.
A number of Ministers have been sharing condolence messages and testimonies of the kind-hearted person that the deceased was. Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Kyari was his best man when he wedded.
Minister of Power Fashola celebrated the memory of Kyari who he said had paid the ultimate price while serving Nigeria. The football federation in a statement referred to him as a colossus.
Meanwhile, a renowned preacher general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, says Nigeria will recover from COVID-19 before the rest of the world.
Enoch Adeboye, in a broadcast to church members on Sunday, said Nigeria has begun its journey to normalcy. “I believe that I have good news for us. I believe that the journey to normalcy has started,” Adeboye said.
“I am believing God that your pastors will soon return to their normal duties probably at most, I will spend one more Sunday with you after which the pastors will be back to their duties in Jesus name.
“The return journey to normalcy might not be very rapid or sudden. It might be gradual but it will be steady. I sincerely hope that when the battle is over, we will give all the glory to God.” He encouraged members to continue to maintain basic hygiene and avoid non-essential travel.