COVID-19: 595 New Cases, 9 Deaths Recorded In Nigeria

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Nigeria has recorded 595 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday.

The total number of COVID-19 related death also rose to 769 after 9 more people were reported dead by NCDC on Friday. to the virus, the country’s infectious

The new figure shows a slight decrease from the 643 infections reported on Wednesday.

Apart from Tuesday’s figures, Nigeria has recorded over 500 cases in the past six days.

Since the outbreak in February, Nigeria has recorded a total number of l 34,854 confirmed cases while 14,292 patients have been discharged after treatment in the country’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

There are 19,793 active cases in Nigeria.

The NCDC in a post shared via its Twitter handle said the new cases were reported in 24 states.

The states are: Lagos (156), Ondo (95), Rivers (53), Abia (43), Oyo (38), Enugu (29), Edo (24), FCT (23), Kaduna (20), Akwa Ibom (17), Anambra (17), Osun (17), Ogun (14), Kano (13), Imo (11), Delta (6), Ekiti (5), Gombe (4), Plateau (4), Cross River (2), Adamawa (1), Bauchi (1), Jigawa (1), Yobe (1).

Lagos remains the epicenter of the disease with a total tally of 13,097 infections and 176 deaths. Almost 2, 000 patients have been discharged after treatment while more than 10, 000 cases are on admission in the city.

Nigeria’s commercial nerve is followed by the nation’s capital, Abuja, with 2,761 infections and 39 deaths. Oyo has since displaced Kano to become the third state with the largest case load with 1,989 cases and 19 deaths.

For more than 50 days, Zamfara has not reported a single case. Only a total of 76 cases and 5 deaths have been reported in the northwestern state.

Only about 202,097 of its 200 million population have been sampled while not more than 2000 test are conducted per day.

Health experts believe there is gross undercount of the infection, questioning the government’s testing capacity especially after new symptoms of loss of senses of smell and taste emerged.

On April 28, the Nigerian government announced its target of testing at least two million people within the next three months.

The 90 days’ target will elapse on July 28, yet while the country is yet to cover 15 per cent of the two million.

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