NIGERIA SHUTS UK HIGH COMMISSION OVER COVID-19.
… RECORDS FIVE MORE DEATHS
In line with COVID-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the host country, The High Commission of Nigeria in London has been shut for 10 days after two diplomats tested positive for the deadly disease.
One of the diplomats was discovered to be COVID-19 positive after he took mandatory test for the virus at the entrance of UK Home Office during a visit for a meeting alongside two other colleagues.
The infected diplomat and his colleagues were immediately sent on isolation.
The closure of the facility was convened in a memo dated August 12, titled: “Closure of Nigeria High Commission, London,” by the High Commission.
It reads: “This afternoon, the Head of Immigration Section and two other officials went for a meeting at the Home Office.At the entrance, COVID test was administered on them and one of them tested positive to COVID-19. The affected officer immediately isolated while the other officials, who tested negative, will also isolate for the next 10 days.
“In response to this challenge, the Mission embarked on testing all officials of the mission, after which another official of the Mission tested positive.
“In line with COVID-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulations of the host country, the Mission will close down for the next 10 days, in order to observe the mandatory isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials.While the High Commission regrets any inconvenience that this may have caused, we solicit the cooperation of the general public.”
Meanwhile,the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said five people died from the coronavirus disease in the country on Thursday.
The disease centre, in an update,said the country’s fatality toll from the disease now stands at 2,200.
It said 753 new infections were confirmed across 13 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
With the latest figure of confirmed cases, NCDC said Nigeria’s infection toll, since the index case was recorded more than a year ago, has reached 180,661. Of these, a total of 166,560 cases have been discharged after they were successfully managed at accredited healthcare centres nationwide.
Lagos State recorded the highest share of Nigeria’s daily tally on Thursday with 364 cases while Akwa Ibom State in the South-south region followed with 141 cases..
Oyo State, another state in the South-west like Lagos, recorded 74 infections to rank third on the chart while Rivers State in the South-south ranks 4th with 46 cases.
Abia State in the South-east recorded 38 cases while another South-western state – Ogun – registered 24 infections to be ranked 6th on the log.
A North-central state, Kwara, followed with 20 cases while the FCT, also in the North-central, recorded 12 infections to take the 8th position. Ekiti State’s 10 cases qualified the Southwestern state to be ranked 9th on the chart.
Delta and Edo States in the South-south region closely followed Ekiti with nine and six cases to be ranked 10th and 11th on the log.
Plateau State in the North-Central recorded five cases to take the 12th position while Imo, another South-eastern state like Abia, recorded three cases to take 13th position.
Bayelsa State, also in South-south region like Edo, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Rivers states, recorded a single case to take the final position of 14.
The distribution of the official record has, therefore, indicated that two other geopolitical zones of the country’s six reported no cases on Thursday. The two regions are North-east and North-west.