***Expectations high on total ease of lockdown
President Muhammadu Buhari and a delegation of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 held meeting on Sunday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the way forward in the fight against the pandemic.
This is even as COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased beyond 10,000 mark on Sunday with 307 new cases reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Also, Nigeria witnessed an overwhelming upsurge in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, recording 553 new single-day infections for the first time, resulting to the country’s total number of infections to 9,855, out of which 2,856 have been discharged and 273 fatalities recorded.
The upsurge in number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is amidst clamour by the citizens for a total lift of the lockdown imposed in efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha led the delegation to the presidential villa.
The Task Force meeting is not unconnected with submission to President Buhari a report on the second phase of the ease of lockdown announced two weeks ago.
The report is expected to guide the President in taking decisions on efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
The increase in COVID-19 new cases has continued despite intensified efforts by authorities to flatten the curve of the pandemic.
The new cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCC) takes infections in Africa’s most populous nation to 10,162, out of which 3007 have been discharged with 287 losing their lives.
Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 188 cases.
Of 307 new cases of COVID-19; Lagos-188, FCT-44, Ogun-19, Kaduna-14, Oyo-12, Bayelsa-9, Gombe-5, Kano-3, Delta-3, Imo-2, Rivers-2, Niger-2, Bauchi-2, Plateau-1 and Kwara-1.