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More Nigerians Die as COVID-19 Bites Harder in New Year

By Onoja Johnson

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The Nigerian government has recorded more death from the Corona Virus pandemic in the new year as the fear of the second wave of the virus heighten.

A total of 5,125 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths have been recorded within the first five days of 2021. This is said to be an indication that the second wave of the virus is on the rise.

Daily Trust noted that it 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.

The newspaper report states that, “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), on Wednesday, 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 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.”

Daily Trust added 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.”


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