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Easter: Avoid large gathering, crowded places – NCDC


Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has urged Nigerians to tread cautiously as they observe Easter celebrations amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

This was disclosed in an Easter message via its social media handles on Sunday night.

Nigerians, according to the body, should ensure they avoid large gatherings and crowded places because the pandemic is not over.

Recall that since Nigeria recorded its index case of the deadly virus in February 2020, over 163,000 cases have been recorded nationwide.

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The statement read, “We wish all Nigerians a safe and healthy celebration.

“Please remember that the #COVID19 pandemic is not over. Avoid large gatherings and crowded places to keep you and your loved ones safe.”

Meanwhile, the NCDC has also announced that the country recorded 82 new cases of the deadly virus on the 4th of April.

In a statement released on its official website, the NCDC noted that “the 82 new cases are reported from 8 states- Lagos (33), Yobe (15), Abia (11), Rivers (10), Imo (5), Akwa Ibom (4), Katsina (2), and Osun (2).”

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The body added that “Till date, 163,195 cases have been confirmed, 151,998 cases have been discharged and 2,058 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

WuzupNigeria reports that no new death was recorded in the country in last 24 hours.

Since the index case was reported last year, the NCDC has tested a total of 1,767,694 persons.

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At least 145 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the number of discharged cases to 151,998 while the active cases stand at 9,139.

A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities.