For a fourth consecutive day, Nigeria has set a new record for highest number of COVID-19 infections; a clear indication that the country may just be on the verge of a full blown outbreak.
Indeed, a total of 204 new cases were reported on Thursday, April 30 which represented a new daily record; beating the figure of 196 recorded on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Nevertheless, that record of 204 new cases set on Thursday has been broken barely 24 hours after.
Indeed, 1st News can report that a new record has been set for the fourth consecutive day; as the 238 new cases reported on Friday May 1 is now highest ever recorded in a single day since the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Nigeria.
Furthermore, Kano appears to be battling hard in replacing Lagos as the epicentre of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria. Of the 234 new cases reported on Friday, Kano racked up 92 cases. In fact, Lagos slipped to third place with 30 new cases as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded 36 new cases. In summary, a total of 21 states and the FCT were responsible for the 234 new cases recorded.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has now crossed the 2000 mark in number of confirmed cases, Specifically, the 238 new cases reported on Friday saw the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria swell to 2170. Also, the death toll is on the rise as 68 casualties have so far been recorded. On the other hand, a total of 351 patients have made a full recovery from the disease. Subsequently, they have been discharged.
The new figures above were contained in the latest update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). As is the practice, the details were published on its verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
‘‘238 new cases of #COVID19; 92-Kano, 36-FCT, 30-Lagos, 16-Gombe, 10-Bauchi, 8-Delta, 6-Oyo, 5-Zamfara, 5-Sokoto, 4-Ondo, 4-Nasarawa, 3-Kwara, 3-Edo, 3-Ekiti; 3-Borno, 3-Yobe, 2-Adamawa, 1-Niger, 1-Imo, 1-Ebonyi, 1-Rivers, 1-Enugu. 2170 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Discharged: 351. Deaths: 68,” the country’s disease-fighting agency tweeted.
238 new cases of #COVID19;
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) May 1, 2020
Equally important, a look at the breakdown of confirmed cases per state shows that Lagos is far out ahead. It has recorded 1006 confirmed cases so far. Meanwhile, Kano is maintaining its stranglehold on the second position with 311 cases. The FCT is next with 214 cases.
In total, the COVID-19 infection has so far spread to 34 states and the FCT.
Only two states are yet to record a case of COVID-19 in their domains. They are Cross River and Kogi.
Please see breakdown of cases below.