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COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by jarawa: 6:18am On Jan 07
Nigeria has recorded a total of 5,125 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths within the first five days of 2021, an indication that the second wave of the virus is on the rise.

More worrisome is the fact that the 5,125 new cases are higher than the total infections recorded in the country in the first 75 days of the virus.


From February 27 to May 11, 2020, Nigeria recorded a total of 4,641 cases. The average daily death from the virus within the period was three as against the average of six daily recorded within the first five days of this year.

Lagos, the epicentre of the virus in Nigeria, has continued to record more cases and deaths as the state governor and medical experts cautioned residents to adhere to safety protocols to stop further spread and possible imposition of another lockdown.

The University of Lagos (UNILAG), yesterday, lost another prominent professor, Duro Ajeyalemi, to the dreaded COVID-19 virus.

It was gathered that Professor Ajeyalemi died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) isolation centre.

The late Professor of Education retired at the age of 70 from the university last November. He was a former dean of the university’s Faculty of Education and also the pioneer Registrar of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB).

Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Development Services at UNILAG, Professor Folasade Ogunsola confirmed Ajeyalemi’s death to our reporter on the phone; saying the news of his death came as a shock to the university.

On whether he died from COVID-19, she said, “I understand that the great scholar died of COVID-19 but I do not have a confirmation of that.”

The University had on Sunday lost its former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, who died at the age of 72.

Sources close to the deceased confirmed that he died from COVID-19 complications.

It was gathered that the two professors attended same wedding party at Ikoyi, where Professor Obe was the chairman of the occasion.

“Apparently, the two contracted the virus at the party. I learnt there are two other professors at the party that are currently on ICU,” our source claimed.

Deputy gov loses brother

The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, yesterday, mourned the death of his younger brother, Dr Haroun Hamzat, who passed on at the age of 37.

The medical expert lost the battle to coronavirus complications despite fighting frantically to survive the deadly respiratory disease, it was learnt.

Haroun, before his death, was a medical officer at one of the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The deputy governor, who said that Haroun’s death was painful and devastating for his family, warned that the killer disease “is no respecter of person, name or status.”

Hamzat, who also lost his father in 2019, noted that since no one can escape the brutal strike of death, the entire family had submitted to the will of Almighty, whom he said, gives and takes.

“There is an urgent need for us as people to be conscious of the volatility of COVID-19,” he said.

Second wave ravaging our land – LUTH CMD

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode, yesterday, said COVID-19 second wave was in “Our land and claiming many lives.”

Bode, who made the assertion at a news conference in Lagos, said: “The resurgence of COVID-19, through the newly mutated form, is ravaging our land, claiming many lives.

“Unlike what we witnessed in the first wave, this one is even more easily transmitted and deadlier too. It is, therefore, imperative for everyone, first and foremost, accept that COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and we must prepare to confront it all over again.

“What we see on the streets, worship centres and social interactions, parties and daily activities call for concern. In a period when the `enemy’ has doubled back and is attacking us ferociously, we seem to be celebrating a false victory and denying the danger is still around us,” he said.

The chief medical director, however, advised the public to shelve all forms of social engagement for now, including parties, churches, mosques and meetings.

“Wash your hands frequently and before you touch the face, eyes and mouth. Wear face mask obligatory (most important), maintain a social distance of at least six feet away from others where you must be with anyone,” he said.

Commenting, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, said everyone thought that the pandemic was over.

Adeyemo said that there were periods in November that the hospital had zero admittance in its wards. “We planned to move to a smaller place, which we actually did, but had to come back to our 120 beds facilities; we never shut down the centre.

“We did not only witness increased numbers, but the severity also increased. Before now, we were not talking about vaccine, but about myths that COVID-19 was not real,” he said.

Also, Dr Iorhen Akase, Head, Infectious Disease Unit, said that the hospital observed increased mild cases in the first wave, pointing out that the second wave was severe.

Obey safety protocols to avoid another lockdown – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also expressed concern over the high cases of coronavirus recorded in the state.

Sanwo-Olu in a statement, yesterday, urged residents to observe measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, noting that the state government was doing everything possible to avoid another lockdown.

Sanwo-Olu, who recently recovered from the virus, was reacting to the recent report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC that showed that Lagos recorded 712 out of the total 1,354 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nigeria on Tuesday.

“There is an urgent need for us to be more circumspect in the way we live, interact and socialise with our friends and family. Many people are ignoring #COVID19 warnings and guidelines, thereby exposing themselves and others to the virus.

“Lagos scarily recorded its highest number of infections in one day (712). We have already recorded a frightening spike in infection cases. This spike brings positive cases to a total of 32,720 in Lagos alone.

“This second wave comes with severe symptoms, and the higher number of positive cases we detect, the higher number of casualties we are bound to record. We do not want this, but for this to be avoided, we must be intentional and cautious.

“We also do not want to go into another lockdown. It is important that you wear your masks, avoid crowded areas, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and practice social distancing,” he said.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by bewla(m): 6:24am On Jan 07
Second wave more deadly then first one

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by bolaayenimo: 6:26am On Jan 07
If the second wave is deadlier, why has government not banned flights from entering Nigeria or impose lockdown

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by biddo: 6:28am On Jan 07
embarassed
Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by haryorbarmie83(m): 6:31am On Jan 07
And many people still don't believe this virus exist.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by thelinguist: 6:51am On Jan 07
Super story

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Rossintii: 6:52am On Jan 07
SCAMDEMIC AND COOKED UP FIGURES.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by donbachi(m): 7:01am On Jan 07
Na dem e go bite.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by DropsMic(m): 8:35am On Jan 07
Ehya

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by GreatPro361: 8:35am On Jan 07
May God help us

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by luvkidtemmy(m): 8:35am On Jan 07
angry

END IS NEAR

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Thisis2raw(m): 8:35am On Jan 07
This so sadden.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by illicit(m): 8:35am On Jan 07
Abeg abeg abeg....

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:36am On Jan 07
Be safe out there guys.....

Coronavirus is REAL and now more deadlier.....due all the traveling and gathering over the festive season.

Keep yourself and family safe pleaseeeee!

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:36am On Jan 07
Some dunce heads are still saying it is not real until the virus catch dem for blokos one day.

Instead of them to thank God for their lives, they are busy typing trash online.

Baba God we thank you for the gift of life on our lives, neighbors, family members, friends, colleagues and clients.
To you alone be da glory!

We Rise!

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by AuwalYusuf812(m): 8:36am On Jan 07
Is a lie.nobody die

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by EyezofGod120: 8:36am On Jan 07
grin where are the people wey die??

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by okrikaboi: 8:36am On Jan 07
life na cruise but no be gta
Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by cjudy(m): 8:36am On Jan 07
bolaayenimo:
If the second wave is deadlier, why has government not banned flights from entering Nigeria or impose lockdown
You dey mind them

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Offpoint1: 8:37am On Jan 07
Until you lockdown the country, you can't control the spread.
Guidelines is useless, an average Nigeria share same wavelength with a goat.

The leaders behave like goats
The leads behave like goats
Until covid becomes as deadly as Ebola, non of these goats will take it serious.

I won't talk about Lagos, goat is an higher animal to an average Lagosian.

Quote me if you're a goat, ignore if you're not.

Proof me right or wrong..

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by iambabaG: 8:37am On Jan 07
The brain bursting bit is that some Nigerians still doubt it’s existence.
They don swear for us as a people.

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by phransix2: 8:37am On Jan 07
Lockdown the state if it is true or is the state economy more important than people's lives?

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by mvem(m): 8:38am On Jan 07
bolaayenimo:
If the second wave is deadlier, why has government not banned flights from entering Nigeria or impose lockdown
because lockdowns end up being counter productive...we are already in recession because of lockdown and many people suffered directly and indirectly because of the lockdowns...so telling the country to go for another one will just kill a lot again and render some livelihoods useless...Europe are more prepared for lockdowns than African countries, their economies and system are more robust

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Ololanla: 8:38am On Jan 07
Lies

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Akpuobi1: 8:38am On Jan 07
People die everyday, stop attributing every death to COVID-19.

Even your so called government parading themselves as if they are getting things right are not keeping to the safety rules. If the were, the wouldn't make policies that will make people cluster together for NIN registration and simcard linking

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by Samfloxin(m): 8:38am On Jan 07
Anybody that dies now is killed by Corona virus. You people want to create panic but una no go succeed. We can't be panicked in a country like Nigeria where we grove inside panic itself

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Re: COVID-19 Bites Harder As More Nigerians Die by BwalaMarama: 8:38am On Jan 07
grin

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