Covid-19: AMAC, Gwagwalada epic centers in FCT · Abaji, Kuje report no cases · Night club shut, patrons arrested By Emmanuel OGBECHE
Two months after the first coronavirus index case was reported in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT, a mapping of the six area councils’ show that Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, and Gwagwalada area council have emerged as the epic centres of the Covid-19.
The mapping shows that the AMAC accounts for almost 94% of the 447 confirmed cases which has 290 on admission, 143 discharged and 14 deaths.
Bwari follows the AMAC with 18 confirmed cases with Gwagwalada coming a distant 3rd with 5 confirmed cases and Kwali area council with one.
However, there are no reported cases in Abaji and Kwali. No reason was adduced for this.
In terms of gender distribution, males account for 76% of confirmed cases, with females making up the 24% balance.
The age demographic for male shows that 64% are between the ages of 20-40 years with the mean age being 36 years.
The report was prepared by the World Health Organisation field office in Abuja, Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and African Field Epidemiology Network, AFENET.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, puts the total Covid-19 cases in the country, weekend, at 7, 261, with 221 fatalities and 2, 007 discharged.
“Till date, 7,261 cases have been confirmed, 2,007 cases have been discharged and 221 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The 245 new cases are reported from 22 states- Lagos (131), Jigawa(16), Ogun (13), Borno (12), Kaduna (9), Oyo (9), Rivers (9), Ebonyi (9), Kano (8), Kwara (7), Katsina (5), Akwa Ibom (3), Sokoto (3), Bauchi (2), Yobe (2), Anambra (1), Gombe (1), Niger (1), Ondo (1), Plateau (1), FCT(1), Bayelsa(1).”
In a related development, the operators of a nightclub and lounge in the Lugbe area of Abuja were arrested by the FCT Ministerial Enforcement Task Team for operating despite directives that all such businesses and recreational parks be shut down.
Head of the task team, Mr. Ikharo Attah, had stormed the club following a tip-off and arrested five persons who are operators of the club.
Chairman of the task team, Ikharo Attah said; “we have been receiving series of reports that the nightclubs, beer parlors and lounges at Federal Housing Estate, Lugbe were operating, even during curfew hours, for over a week now. The interstate travel ban operation which is very tasking has not allowed us to respond swiftly.
“Coming here today, we found out that they were fully operating even into the curfew period.
“What is most annoying about the nightclub operators is that they keep assuring their customers that they have settled the taskforce, hence they cannot stop them from operating. May I state it clearly that we don’t collect bribe, and this is the reason why we have succeeded thus far.
“Five persons were arrested including the managers and some employees of the lounges.
“They were arraigned at the eagle square magistrate where they were fined N5, 000 each and ordered to engage in community services for three hours.”
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