Breaking: Nigeria reports 51 new cases of COVID-19, tally now 493


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced fifty-one (51) new positive cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) bring the total number of those that have contracted the disease in Nigeria to 493

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The NCDC said on its Twitter handle that as at 10:10pm Nigeria now has 493.

Of the fifty-one new cases 32 were in Lagos, 6 in Kano, 5 in Kwara, 2 in FCT, 2 in Oyo, 2 in Katsina, 1 in Ogun and 1 in Ekiti

‘Fifty-one new cases of #COVID-19 have been reported; 32 in Lagos 6 in Kano 5 in Kwara 2 in FCT 2 in Oyo 2 in Katsina 1 in Ogun 1 in Ekiti As at 10:10 pm 17th April there are 493 confirmed cases of #COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Discharged: 159 Deaths: 17′

The came as the Abia Government, on Friday, declared one Vincent Prosper, suspected of having contracted the disease, wanted.

The state Commissioner for Information, Chief Okeiyi Kalu, made the declaration in a statement in Aba.

Kalu alleged that Prosper, suspected to have contracted the disease from a neighbouring state, sneaked into Abia, and had since gone underground.

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He said the man was wanted by the state Ministry of Health and the state inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19.

Kalu, who is also the Secretary to the committee, said that Prosper was last seen around 153, Azikiwe Road, in Aba, the commercial hub of the state.

He requested anyone with useful information on Prosper’s whereabouts to call 0700 2242 362 or contact the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji.

The commissioner also enjoined anyone who had had contact with Prosper to immediately contact the Abia COVID-19 Care Centre.

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