Nigeria recorded 558 new covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, marking the highest number of infections in almost five months.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, made this known in its latest update on outbreak of the disease in the country.
According to the update, Lagos state reported the highest of 376 new infections followed by Oyo which had 33, Akwa Ibom- 26, FCT– 22, Imo- 15, Bayelsa- 13, Ekiti- 13, Kano – 12, Ogun and Plateau – 11, Delta – nine, Jigawa – Six, Rivers and Zamfara – four, Edo – two, and Ebonyi – one.
It added that two fatalities were also recorded, raising the death toll to the virus to 2,141, while a total of 164,930 people have recovered from the disease.
The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, NSIA, has expressed optimism that the second Niger bridge and the Lagos- Ibadan expressway will be completed by 2022.
NSIA’s managing director, Uche Orji, expressed this while featuring at the weekly state house media briefing organized by the presidential communications team at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Decrying that the projects have been long-overdue, Orji explained that the presidential infrastructure development fund, PIDF, managed by NSIA, opens the door for investors to ensure speedy completion of the projects.
He revealed that the phases were in phases 1, 2a and 2b, adding that the ongoing phase 1 is expected to be wrapped up in year 2022.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of United States troops in the Southeast Asian nation.
Both countries’ Defence ministers gave the hint in a joint statement released to the press, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern between Washington and Manila.
According to them, the pact named the visiting forces agreement provides rules for the rotation of thousands of U.S. troops in and out of the Philippines for war drills and exercises.
Commenting, President Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, confirmed that the president’s decision was based on upholding the country’s strategic core interest as well as the clarity of U.S position on its obligations and commitments under the mutual defense treaty.