Written by Williams ABAH

Covid-19: NCDC records 50% reduction

Following the alarms raised by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, for possible post Covid-19, the 43rd week of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria, 623 new cases were reported in the country.

According to the data provided by NCDC, this is a 48 per cent reduction from the 1,204 cases recorded. the protest witnessed across the country have no effect on new coronavirus cases as the reduction in new cases last week occurred despite an increase in the number of tests carried out.

A total of 27,427 samples were collected for testing last week compared to the 24,822 tested the previous week.

It was gathered that a total of 603,611 samples have been collected for testing since the pandemic broke out in February.

Further analysis showed that there was a drastic reduction in the number of COVID-19 patients discharged last week.

A total of 725 persons recovered and were discharged last week, which represents a 568 per cent reduction compared to the previous week’s record of 4,846.

Also, Nigeria recorded fewer deaths last week after six lives were lost to the pandemic. Eight persons died of COVID-19 complications in the previous week while a total of two persons died from the virus in the following week.

As at the time of gathering this information, it was learnt that Nigeria had recorded 61,930 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Of this figure, 57,285 have been treated and discharged while 1,129 deaths have been recorded in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

A breakdown of the confirmed cases shows that Lagos State has so far reported 20,807 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic followed by FCT 5,961, Plateau 3, 595, Oyo-3, 423, Rivers — 2770, Edo-2,648, Kaduna — 2, 611, Ogun-1, 995, Delta — 1,812, Kano — 1,741, Ondo — 1,662, Enugu — 1,314, Kwara — 1,067, Ebonyi — 1049, Osun — 922, Katsina — 948, Abia — 898, Gombe — 883, Borno — 745, Bauchi — 710, Imo — 614, Benue — 486, Nasarawa — 478, Bayelsa — 403, Ekiti — 329, Jigawa

— 325, Akwa Ibom — 295, Anambra — 277, Niger — 274, Adamawa — 257, Sokoto — 164, Taraba — 122, Kebbi — 93, Zamfara — 79, Cross River— 87, Yobe — 82 and Kogi-5.

Lagos State remains the epicentre for the disease with the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country.

The other five states with the highest number of confirmed cases are FCT, Plateau, Oyo, Rivers and Edo states. Only Kogi and Bauchi states have no active COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.



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