Nigeria records drop in new coronavirus cases for four consecutive days
London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has recorded drop in coronavirus infections cases for four consecutive days, raising considerable hope of a flattening curve in infection rate, though testing remains abysmally low
The latest figure from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday shows only 304 new cases and five deaths, with no state in the country ramping up to 100 cases
The downward trend which began last Thursday with just 481 new cases, dropped further to 462 on Friday and a further drop to 386 on Saturday and now, 304 on Sunday
Nigeria’s latest 304 new cases on Sunday represents a serious drop in infection figures since the last three weeks.
However, Lagos came back to the top on Sunday after three consecutive days of playing second fiddle to Abuja, but its infections did not get to 100. The state recorded 81 new cases, while Abuja dropped from 130 cases on Saturday to 39 cases on Sunday.
According to the NCDC, Nigeria coronavirus cases “Till date, 43,841 cases have been confirmed, 20,308 cases have been discharged and 888 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
“The 304 new cases are reported from 15 states- Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6), Gombe (5).
304 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;— NCDC (@NCDCgov) August 2, 2020
888 deaths pic.twitter.com/MnLCKkA3N7
Meanwhile, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the closure of the COVID-19 isolation centre in highbrow Eti-Osa LGA has been with effect from Friday night.
According to PM News, also closed down are the isolation centres in Lekki and Agidingbi, in Ikeja.
The governor said that the patients relocated to a large capacity centre – Indo-Centre in Anthony area, which would be soon be inaugurated.
“Over the last four, five months, we have built excess capacity centres, but that is only the way to go, you cannot over-prepare.
“We have got to a stage where we need to balance the economics of this and which of these facilities do we need to keep running.
“Some of them now are having less than 20 per cent of occupancy.
“This is why we reach a conclusion to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki,’’ the governor said.
He explained that the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba “is now also gradually being reverted back to its former status as a hospital to cater to all forms of infectious diseases’’.
He added that the Ca-COVID dedicated tent on the IDH grounds would, however, remain strictly for COVID-19 cases.
Sanwo-Olu said that in June, the government further expanded COVID-19 testing capacity in Lagos with the accreditation of seven private laboratories.
According to him, in the week ended July 26, the government successfully tested close to 9,000 samples in Lagos State, across the public and private sector laboratories.
He said that it showed a 50 per cent increase from the approximately 6,000 samples tested in each of the preceding two weeks.
The governor said that the increase in testing would lead to an increase in the number of daily confirmed cases of the virus in the state.
According to him, this is a welcome development, since the government’s capacity to contain the pandemic depends significantly on how successful it is in identifying all the existing cases.
“I must, however, also mention that we have seen a general decrease in positivity rates in Lagos State over the past two weeks, which, combined with the increase in testing numbers, paints a very encouraging picture of the outcome of our response strategy.
“We will continue to fine-tune our efforts and strategies to build on our successes and close any existing gaps.
“It has now been five months since the first case of coronavirus was recorded in Nigeria