…As FG Evacuates 360 Nigerians From Dubai, Pakistan***
Nigeria has recorded 667 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 19,147.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Friday through its official Twitter handle.
NCDC said that the 667 new confirmed cases were from 23 states, with six deaths as at June 19.
The health agency said that no new state reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 281 new cases and Abia was second with 48 new infections.
Others were: Oyo (45), FCT, (38), Ogun (37), Enugu (31), Ondo (23), Plateau (21), Edo (19), Delta (18), Rivers (18), Bayelsa (17), Akwa Ibom (17), Kaduna(14), Kano (12), Bauchi (9) Gombe (4), Osun (3), Benue (3), Nasarawa (3), Kwara (3), Ekiti (2), Borno (1).
The NCDC said that till date 19,147 cases have been confirmed, 12, 079 active cases, 6581 cases treated and discharged, 108,548 samples collected and 487 deaths recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The health agency said over the next few weeks, it would expand its COVID-19 testing capacity using the Gene-Xpert machines, as part of the National Laboratory Testing Strategy.
NCDC, however, said that it remained committed to supporting all states in the country to test, trace, and isolate.
In the meantime, the Federal Government on Friday successfully evacuated 300 stranded Nigerians from Dubai, 56 others from Pakistan alongside four Pakistani in line with the new protocols for evacuation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle @GeoffreyOnyeama.
“Eventually, 56 Nigerians and 4 Pakistanis were safely evacuated from Islamabad to Abuja on a chartered aircraft operated by TARCO AVIATION Co. Ltd.
“An Emirates flight from UAE conveying about 300 Nigerians is expected to land at about 3.55 p.m from Dubai,” Onyeama twitted.
The newsmen report that the new protocol for evacuation requires all returnees to undergo the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing within 72 hours.
They are also expected to go into the 14-day self-isolation.