The index case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, February 27. A few months after, the virus has spread to 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
As of the time of filing this report, 11,516 people have been infected across the country, 3,535 people have recovered while the deadly virus has claimed the lives of 323 people.
Also, Nigeria has the third-highest Covid-19 cases in Africa, trailing South Africa and Egypt. Despite all these figures, many Nigerians appear not to believe that Covid-19 is real, according to an online poll by Legit.ng.
"What do you think as Nigeria hit 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, over 300 deaths but some people say it is not real?" Legit.ng asked in the Facebook poll.
Over 4,000 people participated in the poll: the majority, 62%, claimed the virus is not real while the remaining 38% said it is real.
The result is, however, a little different on the same poll question on Twitter: 40% of the respondents believe the virus is real while 32% said it is not.
A look at the comments posted by the respondents could give an insight to while many still believe the virus is not real, despite the number of infections and deaths confirmed so far.
Akande Maywiam Olaosebikan said: " 2weeks ago my uncle had malaria and was taken to hospital when he was discharged what was written on d report was "discharge of covid19" so we took it upon d hospital they apologized and said it was a mix up.. somebody dat didn't even use up to 3days in d hospital b4 he was discharged... Ati gbon"
Uso Godswill commented: "NCDC can manipulate any figure to loot government money. So I don't trust those figure there mention."
John Nimkur Jangkam commented: "There is Coronavirus in Nigeria but the figure is manipulated; therefore, it's not real!"
For those that believe it is real, the few comments below represent their thoughts:
Olumide Adeniyi Olubowale said: "Do we need to pray for those saying its not real to be infected? Because for us that Doctors and nurses in the frontline caring for this people and getting infected bringing it home to their loved ones. Should we tell them to down tools and let it become epidemics?
"How do we tell these irresponsible people that this virus keeps killing daily. Or they just want to say its not real to allay their fears, maybe it will go away. Because obviously this is irresponsible"
Zhōu Dīng said: "Many people think that this is a joke. Don't worry. I have said it before and am saying it again, Go to the nearest isolation center, do not use any face mask, hug, shake hands with already infected patients and go home. We shall hear your testimony"
Patrick Onwochei said: "Pure foolishness doubting the reality of COVID 19. Skepticism will only lead to more infections, more unfortunate deaths."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that patients who stop showing coronavirus symptoms will be discharged without waiting for a laboratory negative test.
This was revealed by the director-general of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who spoke at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, in Abuja on Thursday, June 5.
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