- Nigeria's COVID-19 deaths rose from 107 on Thursday, May 7 to 143 on Sunday, May 10
- This indicates that Nigeria recorded 36 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic within just three days
- Legit.ng takes a look at the data from the NCDC and some states to explain where the deaths came from
As COVID-19 sweeps across almost every state in Nigeria, the number of recoveries and casualties have continued to increase.
While Nigeria's record of recoveries from the infectious disease has been impressive, the rise in the number of deaths recorded daily is equally disturbing.
As at the time of this report, Nigeria has 4,399 cases, 778 recoveries and 143 deaths, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Taking a look back to just four days ago, that is, Thursday, May 7, NCDC's record showed Nigeria had 107 deaths.
However, the death toll jumped from 107 to 143, between Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 10; making a total of 36 deaths within just 3 days!
How did this happen?
While there are no official data from the NCDC at the moment explaining the spike in the death toll, some available news reports can provide some insight.
Lagos state is the epicentre of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with 1,845 cases, 469 recoveries and 33 deaths.
However, updates from the commissioner of health in Lagos, Professor Abayomi, showed that the last time the state recorded COVID-19 deaths was May 7. This shows that the new 36 deaths recorded within three days are from other states.
The northern state of Kano is very likely to be where the new spike in death is coming from. Though Kano recorded its first case later than Lagos, Abuja, and many other states, the state's confirmed cases and deaths have risen to become the second-highest in the country.
Kano currently has 602 cases, 48 recoveries and 26 deaths.
Kano has 18 COVID-19 deaths as of May 8, according to the updates from the state's Ministry of Health. This implies that the state recorded eight deaths within the period in focus.
While other states do not have breakdown of data to know where other deaths recorded within this report took place, NCDC's data on the death tolls can make a good guess.
For instance, Borno state has 185 confirmed cases with 16 deaths. This is relatively high when you consider the confirmed case to death ratio.
The similar trend is observed in Katsina and Sokoto states.
Katsina has 156 confirmed cases and 10 deaths while Sokoto has 106 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.
Looking at this trend, the majority of the new deaths probably emerged from the above states. There are other states with more confirmed cases but with lesser deaths, for instance, Bauchi and Abuja.
Abuja has 356 confirmed cases with six deaths while Bauch has 181 confirmed cases with one death.
So far, many of the deaths recorded from the pandemic have been linked with people who have other underlying diseases.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged that the Republic of Madagascar has sent its COVID-19 herbal remedy to Nigeria and some other African countries.
The herbal medicine known as COVID Organics (COV) is reported to be effective against COVID-19.
The Nation newspaper reports that Nigeria’s consignment has been sent to Equatorial Guinea from where it will be airlifted to Abuja.
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