The Nigeria Centre for disease Control, (NCDC) has announced via its official twitter account that there are 17 new cases of COVID-19 in Plateau State, the middle belt in Nigeria, Healthforbes Media reporting.
In total Plateau State now has 620 cases in the state with 275 recovered cases and 16 deaths in totals.
The total C0VID-19 cases in Nigeria as at 19th July 6:03am is 36,107 confirmed cases with 778 deaths recorded.
On June 18th, the Commissioner for Health in Plateau State, Dr Nimkong Lar disclosed that 29 health workers were infected with COVID-19 in Plateau State.
Also Mr Dan Manjang who’s the Commissioner for Information and Communication for Plateau State reported that the use of face masks by residents in public areas and banning of large social gatherings in Plateau State were not observed.
Dan restated that the disregard for adherence to social distancing and non-provision of water, sanitisers and soaps at entrances of public places were not strictly observed which had led to the spread and transmission of the novel Coronavirus.
“Anyone seen violating the COVID-19 guidelines in Plateau State will be prosecuted after being arrested while the public place will be shut down” Added the Commissioner.
Following the suspension of Plateau State lockdown which was announced on the 11th June by His Excellency Governor Simon Lalong. the State Government decried the lack of adherence to guidelines for COVID-19 by most residents of Plateau State.
The Closure of a private hospital in Plateau State also occured after 17 staff of the hospital tested positive to the virus.
It was also announced that Chief Of Staff to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Noel Donjur has tested negative for the novel Coronavirus.
On 16th July, 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) supported Plateau State to engage traditional leaders in grassroots sensitization.