COVID-19: Update in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 61,307 confirmed cases.
On the 17th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 4 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,482 samples across the country.
To date, 61,307 cases have been confirmed, 56,557 cases have been discharged and 1,123 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 576,184 tests have been carried out as of October 17th, 2020 compared to 572,705 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 17th October 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 61,194
- Total Number Discharged – 52,304
- Total Deaths – 1,119
- Total Tests Carried out – 572,705
According to the NCDC, the 113 new cases were reported from 14 states- Lagos (37), Kaduna (16), Ogun (11), Plateau (11), Taraba (8), Rivers (7), FCT (6), Enugu (4), Niger (4), Edo (3), Delta (2), Imo (2), Benue (1), Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,555, followed by Abuja (5,910), Plateau (3,580), Oyo (3,409), Rivers (2,696), Edo (2,643), Kaduna (2,550), Ogun (1,980), Delta (1,812), Kano (1,741), Ondo (1,654), Enugu (1,313), Kwara (1,050), Ebonyi (1,049), Osun (908), Katsina (902), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).
Imo State has recorded 589 cases, Benue (484), Nasarawa (476), Bayelsa (403), Ekiti (329), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (275), Niger (273), Adamawa (248), Sokoto (162), Taraba (117), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara and Yobe (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.