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NCDC Announces 829 New COVID-19 Cases, 256 Recoveries, 1 Death

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, December 26 announced 829 new coronavirus cases, 256 successfully treated patients and one death.

The health agency made the announcement via its Twitter page with the new cases recorded in 14 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The breakdown of the new cases are as follows; Lagos-296, FCT-291, Kaduna-79, Rivers-40, Kano-35, Nasarawa-25, Bauchi-19, Benue-8, Borno-7, Edo-7, Oyo-7, Sokoto-7, Cross River-3, Jigawa- Ogun-2.

With the new toll, the total number of cases in the country has now increased from 82,747 to 83,576 while figures of discharged patients moved from 70,239 to 70,495.

A total of 1,247 deaths have now been recorded thus far in Africa’s most populous country as one new death was reported in the last 24 hours.

According to NCDC’s weekly report, total samples tested across the nation is 912,144.

In other news, prospective couples have been directed by the Lagos state government to obtain clearance from Lagos State Safety Commission to hold weddings.

In a notice titled ‘Stay At Home’, couples were directed to hold weddings with not more than 300 people in attendance with prior clearance from the Commission.

It reads;

Weddings and social gatherings must not exceed 300 people with prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission.

Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola who confirmed this in an interview with ThePunch, said the state government is concerned about large gatherings and big weddings as the state experiences a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

He added that the clearance is free and prospective couples will have to go on the Commission’s website to input the details of their weddings.

Mojola also revealed that safety marshals will be deployed to such events to enforce all COVID-19 protocols to prevent any possible spread of the virus.

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