Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case in February 2020; an Italian who tested positive to the infectious disease in Lagos.
Since then, the virus has continued to spread across the country. In this piece, Legit.ng presents quick facts about COVID-19 in Nigeria as verified by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the federal agency responsible for controlling diseases.
1. Coronavirus has spread to 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory
Since the index case was confirmed in February, the infectious disease has spread to 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
2. Two states, Kogi and Cross River, have not recorded any case
Nigeria has 36 states altogether. This implies that it's only two states that are yet to have at least a single case of the virus. The states are Cross River and Kogi.
The two states have also not presented any sample to be tested.
3. Latest figure on Nigeria's COVID-19 cases as at Thursday, April 30
As at Thursday night, April 30, Nigeria has 1,932 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, there are only 1,555 active cases as 319 people have recovered while 58 have died.
4. 71% of all the cases are from three states
The COVID-19 cases in Nigeria are not evenly distributed across the states. Rather, 71% of the total cases are from just three states; Lagos, Kano and the FCT.
5. Number of samples tested so far
As at Thursday, Nigeria has only tested 15,759 samples, a very low figure compared to South Africa and Ghana.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a group of experts predicted that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune.
It may be harder to contain the virus because of its ability to spread from people who don’t appear to be ill or show any symptoms, the report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota states.
The report further states that people may actually be at their most infectious before symptoms appear.
According to the experts, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to continue in waves that could last beyond 2022.
“Risk communication messaging from government officials should incorporate the concept that this pandemic will not be over soon,” they said.
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