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Grim as Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases jump from 288 to 12,801 in 2 months, with 315 new cases Monday

Nigeria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) figures continues its upward swing as 315 new cases were recorded on Monday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 12,801.

On April 09, 230 cases was recorded. The figure jumped to 665 on April 20. On May 09, it jumped to 3,278. By May, 20, 6,677 figures was recorded.

With Monday’s (June 09) figure of 12,801, the table continues its upward swing.

On confirmed cases, the highest daily figure of 553 was recorded on May 30. Since then, the lowest rate of 241 was recorded on June 02.

In the same way, the total number of deaths has been astronomical. The number of deaths by April 09 was seven. With 22 deaths recorded on April 20, it jumped to 200 one month later on May 20. Less than three weeks after, June 09, it has hit 361.

The single highest daily record of death was 17 on May 02 followed by 27 on May 26.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), said through its official Twitter handle that seven deaths were also recorded on Monday, which brought the total number of deaths linked to COVID-19 to 361.

The health agency said that out of the 12,801 confirmed cases, 8,400 are active cases while 4,040 cases have been treated and discharged across Nigeria’s 35 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC said that the 315 new cases were reported from 14 States, namely, Lagos (128), FCT (34), Rivers (32), Edo (28), Oyo (22), Kaduna (20), Gombe (13), Ogun (8), Plateau (5), Delta (7), Kwara (7), Kano (5), Bauchi (4), Katsina (2).

The NCDC explained that COVID-19 cases are managed based on the symptoms, complications and other conditions patients present on admission or they develop during treatment or while their immune system fights the infection.

NCDC admitted that it is not where it wanted to be in the response to COVID-19 in the country.

According to the health agency, “we have reagents for about 200,000 tests across our lab network, however, our testing capacity is grossly under-utilised. We’re challenging states to collect samples from the right people.”

NCDC said that it recognised that they started from a very low base, with inadequate health infrastructure to respond to an outbreak of such magnitude.

“What we have regardless is a vibrant workforce, working round the clock to control the infection,” it said.

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