Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Cross 40,000 – Newspot


 

Nigeria has now confirmed more than 40,000 COVID-19 cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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Since February 27 when the first case of the virus was confirmed in Nigeria, the country has witnessed a steady rise in infections despite efforts to curtail its spread.

Late on Sunday, the NCDC confirmed an additional 555 cases and two deaths, lifting total infections in the country to 40,532 and fatalities to 858 from Friday’s figures of 39,977 and 856, respectively.

Data from the centre shows that Lagos had 156, followed by Kano, Ogun, and Plateau with 65, 57, and 54 cases.

Others are Oyo – 53, Benue – 43, FCT – 30, Ondo – 18, Kaduna – 16, Akwa Ibom – 13, Gombe – 13, Rivers – 12, Ekiti – nine, Osun – eight, Cross River – three, Borno – two, Edo – two, and Bayelsa – one.

With daily infections in the country now averaging more than 500 cases added to repeated complaints about people across states failing to comply with protocols, there have been concerns about the effectiveness of current measures to tackle the pandemic and speculations that the Federal Government may have to impose tougher measures, including re-imposing lockdowns.

 

The government has, however, not indicated any plan of re-imposing a lockdown although officials have warned Nigerians about the dangers of violating safety protocols and urged citizens to take individual responsibility seriously.

Nigeria had reacted to the pandemic by restricting large gatherings, shutting down schools, religious gatherings and flight operations, and imposing a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, among other things.

A lockdown was later imposed in Kano State with state governors taking (complementary) measures of their own.

In May, after some five weeks of the lockdown, the Federal Government modified its strategy in what it said was the second phase of response.

This saw the lockdown lifted and night curfew imposed, allowing businesses and government offices to commence operations.

Schools have remained closed with talks about a resumption date sparking debate and controversy, but domestic flights have resumed.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said last week that international flights may resume before October and on Saturday, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said train services will resume on the Abuja-Kaduna railway line on July 29.

A file photo of passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on July 8, 2020.

 

Some eight months after the COVID-19 outbreak started, disrupting life, the global economy remains on the ropes with world leaders scrambling to find solutions.

The Nigerian economy is not left out.

As part of the government’s push for a concerted response, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to support the country’s economic recovery efforts.

Commending Nigerians in the Diaspora for their economic and social contributions on World Diaspora Day, he said, “Nigerians in Diaspora are also known to be engaged in skills transfer in ICT and industry. They are also active in our universities as lecturers and in carrying out medical missions.”

The President added, “It is, therefore, my sincere hope that even with the depressed economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigerians in the Diaspora will rise to the occasion of not abandoning their country of origin, Nigeria, but be active in our post-COVID-19 recovery efforts.”

See the case summary of the disease below:

Sunday 11:20 pm 26 Jul 2020

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 14,456 12,177 2,087 192
FCT 3,481 2,387 1,053 41
Oyo 2,570 1,398 1,148 24
Edo 2,167 681 1,409 77
Rivers 1,652 286 1,314 52
Kano 1,520 254 1,213 53
Delta 1,464 790 634 40
Kaduna 1,365 321 1,032 12
Ogun 1,301 246 1,032 23
Ondo 1,061 591 448 22
Plateau 834 369 446 19
Ebonyi 759 155 580 24
Enugu 741 299 425 17
Katsina 733 261 449 23
Kwara 711 493 202 16
Borno 611 17 559 35
Gombe 571 27 521 23
Bauchi 538 9 516 13
Abia 536 106 426 4
Imo 465 348 108 9
Osun 443 219 214 10
Benue 337 278 53 6
Bayelsa 327 55 251 21
Jigawa 322 3 308 11
Nasarawa 308 187 113 8
Akwa Ibom 221 93 121 7
Niger 168 23 133 12
Sokoto 153 0 137 16
Adamawa 140 46 85 9
Anambra 132 45 75 12
Ekiti 113 56 55 2
Kebbi 90 4 79 7
Zamfara 77 1 71 5
Yobe 66 4 54 8
Taraba 54 43 11 0
Cross River 40 28 9 3
Kogi 5 0 3 2



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