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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Hit 61,3071 minute read

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 113 new cases of COVID-19 in the country.

The NCDC, which made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday, stated that total infections now stand at 61,307.

A total of 14 states recorded the 113 infections in the country in the last 24 hours.

According to the NCDC, the new cases bring the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 61,307.

The NCDC also noted that four persons died from complications resulting from the virus.

It added that COVID-19 fatalities in the country increased from 1,119 to 1,123 as of Saturday night.

The agency also stated that discharged patients include 4,161 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with new case management guidelines.

According to the health agency, Lagos State recorded the highest number of cases with 37 cases, followed by Kaduna State with 16, and Ogun with 11.

Others are Plateau-11 Taraba-8 Rivers-7 FCT-6 Enugu-4 Niger -4 Edo-3 Delta-2 and Imo-2.

“Till date, 61307 cases have been confirmed, 56557 cases have been discharged and 1123 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre activated at Level 3 has continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Meanwhile, the agency has announced the inclusion of the Infectious Disease Laboratory of Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, in the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network.

“COVID-19 testing at any lab in the NCDC network is free of charge,” it added.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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