Nigeria resumes domestic flights despite new daily record of 790 covid-19 cases
London, July 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government, on Wednesday announced the resumption of domestic flights in the country on July 8
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who tweeted the announcement late on on Wednesday. said the Abuja and Lagos airports would resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would commence on the 11th.
I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. Date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us, please 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) July 1, 2020
Other airports are also expected to resume operations on the 15th.
Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course.
However, the excitement of the announcement is overshadowed by a new daily record 790 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day, bringing its total infections in Nigeria to 26,484.
790 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) July 1, 2020
603 deaths pic.twitter.com/9fxpoeBZDP
This was confirmed on Wednesday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet via its official handle.
Just like the previous day, the new cases were recorded across 20 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Giving a breakdown of the cases, the NCDC noted that the five states with the highest number of infections were Delta – 166, Lagos – 120, Enugu – 66, Edo –60, and Ogun – 43.
Others included Kano – 41, Kaduna – 39, Ondo – 33, Rivers – 32, Bayelsa – 29, Imo – 20, Kwara – 18, Oyo – 11 and Abia – 10.
Meanwhile, states with fewer cases include Benue – 6, Gombe – 4, Yobe, Bauchi and Kebbi each recording 2 cases.
This comes as the FCT recorded 65 new cases.
On a positive note, 406 more patients have been successfully treated and discharged from the isolation centres in various parts of the country.
This brings to 10,152 the number of people who have been discharged so far, although 13 more patients lost the battle to COVID-19.
The NCDC has put the country’s death toll from the disease at 603.