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Nigerian press agog with death, new cases of COVID-19, petrol scarcity

The recording of 20 new cases of coronavirus, second death arising from the pandemic and the signing of the law to contain the spread dominate the headlines of Nigerian press on Tuesday.This Day reported that Nigeria has recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 131.

The Nation said that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night signed the law declaring COVID-19 pandemic a dangerous infectious disease.

It also reported that the number of persons being traced for having contacts with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) carriers has risen from 4,370 to 6,000.

Channels Television screamed that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

It also reported that the Nigerian Government has confirmed the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, announced this on Monday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Punch reported that the Cross River State Government on Monday turned back 35 American oil workers over coronavirus screening.

The state government was said to have asked the workers to go for further screening in Lagos or Abuja before they would be allowed in.

The Leadership newspaper said that barely 24 hours after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) assured Nigerians that there was enough petrol to last the country for 60 days, fuel queues on Monday surfaced in Abuja, Lagos and some states of the federation.

The Sun newspaper reported that except urgent steps are taken over the next few days to improve the challenges in the power value chain, parts of the country may soon be hit with total blackout as four power plants are now lying idle and generating zero megawatts of electricity.

The Guardian said that the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has condemned the harassment on Sunday of the drivers of newspaper distribution vans by overzealous security agents in some states.

Published on 28.04.2020

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