With 86 new COVID-19 infections, Nigeria has now recorded 254 cases one week after Easter celebration
London, April 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-It appears community transmission of the deadly coronavirus infection is in full swing in Nigeria as the country recorded its highest daily figure since the beginning of the outbreak in February with 86 new cases on Sunday
With the newest update, the total tally of infected people in the country rose to 627 from 541 reported on Saturday evening.
The implication of the figure means Nigeria has now recorded a total of 254 new cases of the virus in less than a week, particularly just one week after Easter celebration
As at Tuesday, April 14, 2020, two days after Easter celebration, the country recorded nineteen new cases of #COVID-19 to take the total number of cases in the country to 373 but six days later, the figure has risen to 627
Eleven new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Lagos State.— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 14, 2020
As at 11:00 pm 14th April there are 373 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 99 have been discharged with 11 deaths#TakeResponsibility pic.twitter.com/XtcbJ4qxA6
Though, the figure is far behind, South Africa and Egypt with over 3000 cases and Ghana in excess of 1000 cases, Nigerians preference for Easter celebration in defiance of lockdown order has further taken its toll on the latest figure.
And with many state governors preferring political popularity than a strong and uncompromising stand on lockdown, it is a matter of time before the full impact of the virus already feared by the international community materialises in the country
In its tweet late on Sunday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that new cases were reported in seven states. These are Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Katsina, Akwa Ibom, Jigawa, Bauchi and Borno states.
Eighty-six new cases of #COVID19 have been reported;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 19, 2020
70 in Lagos
7 in FCT
3 in Katsina
3 in Akwa Ibom
1 in Jigawa
1 in Bauchi
1 in Borno
As at 11:50 pm 19th April there are 627 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.
Deaths: 21 pic.twitter.com/7gsnusWRow
Two states, Jigawa and Borno, reported their first cases of the infection on Sunday.
Also, Lagos State reported its highest daily figure of confirmed cases since the index case was reported in February.
A breakdown of the newest update shows that 70 of the new cases were reported from Lagos, seven in the FCT, three each in Katsina and Akwa Ibom, and one each in Jigawa, Borno and Bauchi.
NCDC said as of 11:50 p.m. on April 19, there were 627 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. Of these, 170 infected people have recovered and have been discharged while the death toll rose to 21 from 19 reported on Saturday.
A breakdown of all the cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 376 cases, followed by FCT – 88, Kano – 36, Osun – 20, Oyo – 16, Edo – 15, Ogun and Katsina, 12 cases each, while Kwara and Akwa Ibom have recorded nine cases each.
Bauchi has 7 cases, Kaduna – 6, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti, 3 cases each, Enugu, Rivers, Niger and Jigawa have two cases each, while Benue, Anambra and Borno have recorded one apiece.
A total of 21 states and the FCT have so far reported at least a case of the disease.Coronavirus:
Nigeria’s first confirmed coronavirus case and the first in sub-Saharan Africa was in Lagos on February 28, 2020 and the patient was an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February
Almost a month later, Nigeria announced temporarily suspension of international passenger flights into Lagos-‘ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) and Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) from Monday, March 23, through Thursday, April 23, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
What followed was a sweeping lockdown of three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country.
The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun began on March 31, 2020 was for initial 14 days but has been extended for another two weeks