Nigeria COVID-19 Update for June 3, 2020
- As of June 2, 2020, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 241 news cases, 3239 recoveries and 314 deaths. The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria is now 10819.
- Total number of NCDC molecular labs with the capacity to test for COVID19 in Nigeria now 30 [Kwara and Gombe in progress]
- Only five airports would be reopened from June 21, while the others remained closed for further assessment, says FG.
- This was confirmed in a circular to airlines signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
- The domestic airports that will be opened include: Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano.
- Nigeria’s airspace remained closed to international flights.
Oil & Gas
- Nigeria launches its first licensing round for marginal oilfields in nearly 20 years.
- With the new licensing round, which is the first marginal field round since 2002, the country hopes that oil output will be increased.
- Nigerian Air Force (NAF) records first all-female crew on ISR mission
- NAF has again made history with the conduct of an operational Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission by an all-female crew.
- The historic mission was conducted on Tuesday, May 28, 2020 using the NAF Beechcraft KingAir ISR aircraft.
- Flying Officers include: Captain and Co-Pilot — Oluwabunmi Ijelu and Genevieve Nwaogwugwu respectively, Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) mission operator — Sergeant Njoku Patience and Onboard Technician — Lance Corporal Shawulu Godiya.
- Ibuprofen tested as treatment to reduce COVID-19 symptoms
- Ibuprofen is being tested to assess whether it can prevent severe breathing problems in coronavirus patients and reduce the number of people needing treatment in intensive care units.
- Researchers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London are looking at whether “a specific form” of the cheap anti-inflammatory drug can help cut serious side effects from COVID-19, potentially leading to shorter hospital stays.
- Germany on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 announced the lifting of travel warning for 31 European countries.
- Germans will be able to travel to 26 EU member states, the UK, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the four countries in the Schengen area, Europe’s border-free travel zone.