Nigeria has recorded another eight new cases in different states across the country, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said.
“Eight new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 2 in FCT, 4 in Oyo, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Osun State,” NCDC tweeted on Saturday night.
“As at 10:40 pm 28th March there are 97 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death.”
The new update means Osun State has two cases of coronavirus while Oyo State has seven cases.
Lagos has the most cases of the dreaded disease with 59 cases.
Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari on Froday approved the immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State.
Buhari said the grant will enable the state to increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.
“Lagos State…remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria,” Buhari said on Thursday evening.
Buhari is also releasing a 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
NCDC has been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic, collating numbers and responding to suspected cases of the virus.
“The immediate release of a 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country,” Buhari said.
Apart from th Nigerian govrnment support, wealthy Nigerians and organizations, including banks, have also donated billions of Naira to help fund medical centers and provide essential materials necessary to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The United Bank for Africa (UBA) announced Thursday a donation of 5 billion Naira (about $13 million) to provide beds for isolation centers, intensive care unit facilities and direct access to medical advice to up to 450,000 citizens every day.
Femi Otedola, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Aliko Dangote, all contributed 1 billion Naira (about $2.7 million) each to support the government in curtailing the pandemic in Nigeria.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic,” reads a statement released Friday by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.