CORONAVIRUS: NIGERIA RECORDS LESSER CASES, DEATHS AND MORE RECOVERIES LAST WEEK, SEE STATISTICS

A breakdown of daily figures from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control shows that Nigeria recorded fewer cases, less deaths and more recoveries last week compared to the previous week, writes Associate Editor ADEKUNLE YUSUF.

After five months of managing coronavirus crisis, a global pandemic that has resulted in more than 18 million infections and close to 700,000 deaths worldwide, Nigeria is gradually returning into normalcy. Amidst caution, restrictions on movement and gatherings are gradually being lifted both the federal and state governments, as economic activities, schools, restaurants, religious homes and other activities slowly regain their full bloom.

So far, since Nigeria recorded its index case on February 27, a total of 283,916 coronavirus tests have been carried out as of August 1 – thanks to the gradual expansion of the country’s testing capacity for Covid-19.  Last week alone (that is from Sunday July 26 to Saturday August 1), data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that there were 3,560 new infections, 27 deaths and 3,139 recoveries recorded across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This was slightly lower than what obtained in the previous week (July 19 to 25), when Nigeria recorded a total of 3,870 new coronavirus infections and 78 deaths in one week.

High number of recovered and discharged

As of Saturday August 1, official figures revealed that a total of 43,537 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Nigeria. According to the daily updates by NCDC, 20,087 out of 43,537 people who tested positive have since recovered and discharged; while 883 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria. This showed that about half of confirmed cases in the country have recovered from their infections and reunited with their families. Whereas, in South Africa, coronavirus has claimed 8,153 souls and infected more than 500,000; while Egypt, which has 94,316 positives cases, has lost 4,834 people to the contagious virus within the same period.

Predictably, Lagos, where the first case was recorded and which has remained the coronavirus epicentre in Nigeria, has led in the figures – from new cases to fatality figures. As at August 1, Lagos, inhabited by an estimated 20 million people, had recorded a total of 15,186 confirmed cases – almost half of the country’s total. There have been 2,148 discharged cases in the state; while 192 patients had died since February. The FCT came second with 3,933 confirmed cases, 1,142 recoveries and 42 deaths. Other states with over 1000 confirmed cases include Oyo with 2,768 cases, 1337 recovered and 27 deaths; Edo with 2,300 confirmed cases, 1,842 recovered and 83 deaths; Rivers with 1,806 confirmed cases, 1,459 recovered cases ad 53 deaths; Kano with 1,597 confirmed cases, 1,258 recovered cases and 53 deaths; Kano with 1,597 confirmed cases, 1,258 recovered cases and 53 deaths; Delta with 1,510 confirmed cases, 1,359 recovered cases and 43 deaths; Kaduna with 1,457 confirmed cases, 1,176 recovered and 12 deaths; Ogun with 1,397 confirmed cases, 1,140 recovered cases and 23 deaths; Plateau with 1,211 confirmed cases, 534 recovered cases and 19 deaths and Ondo with 1,192 confirmed cases, 648 recovered cases and 25 deaths.

New cases in the last one week     

Last Saturday August 1, 386 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria; while 522 were discharged after recovering from their ailments. A total 4,241 tests were carried out across the country on that same day. The 386 new cases were reported from 18 states: FCT (130), Lagos (65), Ondo (37), Osun (29), Plateau (23), Rivers (15), Enugu (14), Nasarawa (12), Bayelsa (11), Ebonyi (11), Ekiti (9), Oyo (8), Edo (8), Abia (6), Ogun (3), Katsina (3), Imo (1), and Adamawa (1). The 4 deaths were recorded in 4 states: Edo (1), Rivers (1), Ebonyi (1), and Ondo (1).

Compared with figures posted on August 1, the number of new cases recorded on July 31 (462 confirmed cases) was higher. However, in terms of fatality and recovery rates, only one person was reported dead throughout the country on July 31 as opposed to 4 deaths on August 1. Only 295 people were discharged on July 31 unlike 522 on August 1. The 462 confirmed cases were reported in 16 states: FCT (93), Lagos (78), Plateau (64), Kaduna (54), Oyo (47), Ondo (32), Adamawa (23), Bauchi (19), Delta (9), Ogun (9), Rivers (9), Edo (7), Enugu (6), Kano (6), Nasarawa (5) and Osun (1).  The 295 cases that were discharged happened in 11 states: Edo (102), Plateau (50), Kaduna (35), Osun (35), Ogun (20), Oyo (27), Rivers (15), FCT (4), Lagos (3), Bauchi (2) and Bayelsa (2); while the only 1 death in Nigeria on July 31 was recorded in Edo.

The number of new cases confirmed on Thursday July 30 (481) was higher than the day before. The 481 confirmed cases were reported in 15 states: FCT (96), Lagos (89), Plateau (68), Ogun (49), Edo (44), Rivers (43), Oyo (25), Osun (23), Delta (15), Enugu (11), Kaduna (7), Kano (7), Bauchi (2), Bayelsa (1) and Yobe (1). The fatality figure on July 30 was 5; while 266 cases were discharged in 10 states: Delta (102), Oyo (49), Kaduna (35), FCT (34), Edo (14), Rivers (13), Borno (8), Ogun (7), Osun (2) and Lagos (2). The 5 deaths were recorded in four states:  Edo (2), Delta (1), Ondo (1) and Osun (1).

On Wednesday July 29, Nigeria recorded 404 confirmed cases from 20 states: Lagos (106), FCT (54), Rivers (48), Plateau (40), Edo (29), Enugu (21), Oyo (20), Kano (18), Ondo (15), Ogun (10), Ebonyi (9), Ekiti (8), Kaduna (6), Cross River (5), Kwara (4), Anambra (3), Delta (3), Imo (2), Nasarawa (2) and Borno (1). This was less than 481 cases recorded on July 30. Two hundred and forty (240) cases were discharged on July 29 in 11 states: Edo (100), Rivers (37), Kaduna (30), Oyo (23), Lagos (14), Bayelsa (13), Osun (9), FCT (7), Gombe (3), Kwara (2) and Imo (2).  On the same day, five (5) deaths were recorded in three states: Kwara (3), FCT (1) and Ondo (1).

Six hundred and twenty-four (624) confirmed cases were reported in Nigeria on Tuesday July 28. The cases were recorded in 18 states: Lagos (212), Oyo (69), Niger (49), Kano (37), Osun (37), FCT (35), Plateau (34), Gombe (33), Edo (28), Enugu (28), Ebonyi (17), Delta (10), Katsina (9), Ogun (8), Rivers (7), Ondo (5), Kaduna (4) and Nasarawa (2). The day recorded a huge number of recoveries as five hundred and sixty-one (561) cases were discharged in 18 states: Edo (150), Nasarawa (110), Ondo (100), Delta (39), Lagos (25), Kaduna (23), Kano (23), Plateau (23), Ebonyi (16), Ogun (14), FCT (13), Katsina (8), Osun (6), Rivers (4), Bauchi (2), Borno (2), Oyo (2) and Imo (1). Sadly, eight (8) deaths were recorded in four states: Oyo (3), Delta (2), Edo (2) and Enugu (1).

On Monday July 27, six hundred and forty-eight (648) confirmed cases were reported in 21 states. The state are: Lagos (180), Plateau (148), FCT (44), Ondo (42), Kwara (38), Rivers (32), Oyo (29), Kaduna (21), Osun (20), Edo (17), Ogun (17), Ekiti (11), Abia (9), Benue (9), Delta (9), Kano (9), Niger (7), Gombe (3), Bauchi(1), Borno (1) and Imo(1). On the same day, eight hundred and twenty-nine (829) cases were discharged in 13 states: Delta (584), Rivers (55), Oyo (37), Kano (30), Edo (25), Ogun (22), Lagos (17), Bayelsa (13) Kaduna (13), FCT (11), Kwara (9), Imo (8) and Benue (5); while two (2) deaths were recorded in two states: Abia (1) and Osun (1).

Five hundred and fifty-five (555) confirmed cases were reported in Nigeria on Sunday July 26. The 555 cases took place in 18 states: Lagos (156), Kano (65), Ogun (57), Plateau (54), Oyo (53), Benue (43), FCT (30), Ondo (18), Kaduna (16), Akwa Ibom (13), Gombe (13), Rivers (12), Ekiti (9), Osun (8), Cross River (3), Borno (2), Edo (2) and Bayelsa (1). Four hundred and twenty-six (426) cases were discharged on the same day in 11 states: Rivers (172), Ondo (100), Borno (37), FCT (31), Ogun (25), Plateau (16), Edo (15), Kano (15), Kaduna (8), Cross River (6) and Yobe (1); while two (2) deaths were recorded in one state: Cross River.

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