Nigeria virus infections increase by 74% as deaths increase by 50%

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Nigeria last week recorded a 74 per cent increase in the number of coronavirus infected persons compared to the previous nine weeks, a PREMIUM TIMES review of official data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  showed.

The country recorded 1763 new cases last week, about 74 per cent of the total 2,388 cases recorded in the previous nine weeks.

Also, Nigeria last week recorded a 50 per cent increase in deaths from COVID-19.

The data showed that while Nigeria recorded 85 deaths from the disease in its previous nine weeks since it experienced its index coronavirus case in February, the country recorded 43 deaths last week.

On a positive note, however, Nigeria witnessed a 93 per cent increase in the number of people who recovered from the virus after treatment.

A total of 360 people recovered and were discharged in the past week compared to 385 reported in the previous nine weeks since Nigeria recorded its index coronavirus case in February.

Last week also saw Nigeria record, twice, its highest daily figure of coronavirus infections.

Before last week, the previous highest daily figure was 220. However, the country recorded 381 and 386 cases on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Lagos State remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Nigeria with 696 new cases reported between Sunday and Saturday.

Lagos, alongside Ogun and Abuja, are the three states where the federal government, last Monday, relaxed a five weeks lockdown.

The government instead imposed a dusk to dawn curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) across the country as well as other safety policies including a ban on interstate travels.

However, since the lockdown in Lagos was relaxed, the state has witnessed violations of the public safety guidelines. Frustrated by the development, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced Saturday that he was considering imposing a fresh lockdown on the state.

“We will be forced to take a painful decision of bringing the entire system under lockdown if we continue to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules,” he said.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases
As of Sunday morning, Nigeria has a total of 4151 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 745 have recovered and 128 lives have been lost to the pandemic.

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