Breaking: Nigeria Records Highest Daily Covid-19 Cases On First Day of Returning to Work

Ejike Kanife

Nigeria recorded her highest daily number of Covid-19 cases as the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 245 new cases. This brings the country’s total number of cases to 2802, coming dangerously closer to the 3,000 mark.

Lagos continues its dominance on the daily update with 76 new cases, bringing its total to 1,183. This means the nation’s commercial capital now has 42.2% of total Covid-19 cases in Nigeria.

Kano remains second on the log with a total of 365 Covid-19 cases after a daily tally of 23. Abuja comes a distant third with a total of 297 cases. Both Kano and Abuja account for 23.6% of the national total.

Borno becomes only the fourth state to get at least 100 cases as its new 18 cases rounds its total coronavirus cases to 100. Fellow northeastern state of Gombe isn’t far behind with 96 total cases.


No new states made the Covid-19 update. This means both Kogi and Cross river escape yet another day without a case. It would have seemed a more impressive feat if we actually knew how much testing was been carried out in those states.

Nevertheless, 34 states plus the FCT have all recorded Covid-19 cases.

Testing capacity, recoveries, deaths and active cases

Nigeria was able to carry out 970 new tests within the last 24 hours to bring the total number of tests to 18,536. This is still short of 1,000 tests per day, and slightly lower than 978 tests carried out the day before.

According to the latest update, 17 new recoveries were recorded to bring the total number of discharged cases to 417. While this is impressive, it nonetheless sent the national recovery rate slumping to 14.5%, down from 15.6% recorded the day before.

Breaking: Nigeria Records Highest Daily Covid-19 Cases With 245, 76 in Lagos

The NCDC also recorded 6 new Covid-19 deaths. While this is more than just 2 recorded the day before, it could nonetheless have been worse. This brings the total number of mortalities to 93, representing a mortality rate of 3.3%, an improvement from 3.4% recorded the day before.

With the ever-increasing number of new cases without a commensurate increase in concluded cases (recoveries or deaths) number of active cases in Nigeria currently stands at 2,292. This means 81.7% of total cases are still sick, up from 81% recorded the day before.

With a total of 3,641,584 confirmed cases around the world, the global recovery rate is currently 32.7%. With 251,955 deaths recorded globally, world mortality rate is 6.9%. 60.3% of the world’s confirmed cases are currently still active.

Relaxed Lockdown

As the directive to start gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja starts today, the sites have been anything but pleasant, especially in Lagos. With overcrowding at banks, motor parks, public transportation etc, many people are already predicting that the worse is on its way.

Social distancing has been discarded and it seems the people believe only in the efficacy of face masks. It is interesting to see if anything would be done to check such overcrowding in public places going forward because if it continues, then we are sitting on a keg of gunpowder.

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