- Nigeria's Covid-19 cases and deaths in June are the highest so far
- The country recorded 15,532 cases in June alone and 303 deaths
- This explainer provides an insight into how Nigeria recorded such high figures in the last month despite all the preventive measures put in place
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Nigeria's index case of the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19, was confirmed in Lagos late February 2020.
Since then, the Nigerian government has put in place several measures including movement restriction, lockdown, mandatory use of face masks in public, etc. to contain the spread of the infectious disease.
However, the cases have continued to increase every day as the data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicates.
Since the index case in February, the last month of June witnessed the highest cases of Covid-19 and deaths thus far.
As of the time of this piece, Nigeria now has 26,484 confirmed cases out of which 10,152 discharged have been discharged with 603 deaths.
According to the disease control agency, Nigeria recorded 60.5% of its total confirmed COVID-19 cases in June.
An investigation by The Nation also showed that the country recorded its highest number of deaths, 51.5%, in the same month.
From February till the end of May, Nigeria recorded 10,162 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease. However, the country recorded 15,532 cases in June alone.
Also from February till date, Nigeria's Covid-19 death toll stands at 603. The month of June alone recorded 303 out of the total figure.
There are multidimensional factors responsible for the daily rise in the Covid-19 cases across the country, especially in the month of June.
The first is an increase in the testing capacity. Currently, Nigeria has tested 138,462 samples. However, the NCDC data shows that the country had its highest test in June, 72,577 (52.4 per cent).
Intensive contract tracing also contributed to the surge in the cases.
Another factor is the communal transmission. In the early part of the coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria, the cases were limited to importation, that is, people who just returned from high-risk countries and their relatives.
However, the failure of some Nigerians to self-isolate as the NCDC instructed after returning from high-risk countries led to a full-blown community transmission stage.
For instance, the total number of Covid-19 patients with travel history is 442 (2%) while those who contracted the disease from them are 6,386 (25%). The remaining, 18,866 (73%) are those with unknown exposure.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria gradually reopens the economy after Covid-19 scare, the federal government has announced the dates for the resumption of domestic flights across the country.
According to Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, Nigeria's two major airports, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are to resume domestic operations on Wednesday, July 8.
The minister added that other airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports will resume operations on Saturday, July 11.
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