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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Surge Past 120,000 As NCDC Confirms 1,633 New Infections

A health practitioner tests for COVID-19. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A health official takes samples for a COVID-19 test. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV

 

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COVID-19 cases in Nigeria crossed the 120,000 mark on Saturday as the country and the world race to contain a second wave of the pandemic.

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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 1,633 cases and five deaths for the day with the nation now maintaining a run of recording more than a thousand cases per day. On Friday, the country had recorded more than 2,000 daily cases for the first time.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Records Over 2,000 COVID-19 Cases In One Day For First Time

NCDC’s latest data takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 120,602. Out of that number, 95,901 people have recovered and have been discharged, while 1,502 people have died. This means that there are currently 23,933 active confirmed cases in the country.

 

A breakdown of the cases recorded on Saturday shows that 498 cases were recorded in the nation’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos. This was more than double the 214 cases reported by Plateau State for the day.

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had 176 cases; Rivers had 99 cases; Kaduna recorded 98 cases, while Edo and Anambra states had 87 and 86 new cases, respectively.

In Akwa Ibom, 50 cases were reported, Osun – 47, Kano and Oyo got 40 cases each, Kwara – 39, Ebonyi, Niger and Taraba each had 28, while Ogun and Ondo got 27 and 21 new cases respectively.

Others are Ekiti with 12, Katsina – 7, Borno – 6, and Delta with two cases.

Confirmed Cases by State

States Affected No. of Cases (Lab Confirmed) No. of Cases (on admission) No. Discharged No. of Deaths
Lagos 44,580 9,265 35,030 285
FCT 15,682 4,631 10,932 119
Plateau 7,465 820 6,592 53
Kaduna 7,274 1,039 6,179 56
Oyo 4,996 823 4,101 72
Rivers 4,844 870 3,896 78
Edo 3,548 495 2,920 133
Ogun 3,133 488 2,606 39
Kano 2,770 343 2,354 73
Delta 2,223 434 1,737 52
Ondo 2,188 142 2,000 46
Kwara 1,793 331 1,424 38
Katsina 1,730 33 1,670 27
Enugu 1,644 248 1,375 21
Gombe 1,567 188 1,337 42
Nasarawa 1,490 1,152 325 13
Osun 1,395 302 1,066 27
Ebonyi 1,330 228 1,072 30
Abia 1,162 81 1,069 12
Bauchi 1,120 40 1,063 17
Imo 917 124 776 17
Borno 880 70 774 36
Akwa Ibom 775 301 464 10
Anambra 720 366 334 20
Benue 694 163 513 18
Sokoto 689 87 576 26
Bayelsa 655 81 550 24
Niger 617 186 417 14
Adamawa 608 344 238 26
Ekiti 507 65 434 8
Jigawa 441 42 388 11
Taraba 324 79 233 12
Kebbi 267 51 203 13
Yobe 211 6 197 8
Zamfara 179 14 160 5
Cross River 179 1 166 12
Kogi 5 0 3 2

Apart from undermining the health systems of most countries, the raging COVID-19 pandemic has also exposed the vulnerability of countries that depend on importation to meet their pharmaceutical needs.

Like many other African countries, Nigeria falls in the category of nations with very minimal pharmaceutical sufficiency as the country depends largely on the importation of products from China, the U.S., and India. The report below looks at what can be done to upscale the local production of pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.


 

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