The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 91 new Covid-19 cases in the country (as of 22nd of April), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 873.
Lagos, the state with the highest number of cases in Nigeria recorded its highest number of daily cases yet with 74 new cases. This surpasses the previous record of 70 set in April 19th.
On April 21, Lagos recorded 59 new cases as the country witnessed its largest daily tally yet with 117 new cases. Today’s tally of 91 is the second-highest daily figures for Nigeria.
While this new figure represents a reduction for the entire country, it is however not encouraging on several fronts. First is the fact that Lagos recorded its highest daily turnout yet (74), rising from 430 cases to 504, representing more than 17% increase.
Next is Katsina which witnessed a sharp increase of 31.% after recording 5 new cases and rising from 16 to 21 confirmed cases.
As of yesterday, 25 states have recorded confirmed cases of Covid-19. But this latest NCDC report marks the debut of Adamawa state with its first case. While it joins Benue, Anambra and Sokoto as the states with just one case appease, we hope, just like the others, Adamawa doesn’t witness more than the one it has.
States without any confirmed cases are; Cross River, Imo, Kebbi, Kogi, Nassarawa and Plateau. Others are Taraba, Zamfara, Yobe, Ebonyi and Bayelsa states. These states have enough reason to either lift lockdown or tighten them.
Stagnant Recovery Rate and Rising Deaths
Another not-so-encouraging figure is the number of recovered and discharged cases which remained stagnant at 197. This means 22.5% of infectees have recovered. Compared with countries like India with a little over 17% recovery rate, it probably doesn’t look too bad.
But with more testing and discovery of more new cases, we expect the recovery rate to fall a bit further. Yesterday, for instance, the recovery rate stood at 25%.
With three new deaths recorded within the last 24 hours, death rate currently stands at 28, up from 25 yesterday. This represents a 7% increase. This means Nigeria’s Covid-19 death ratio stands at just 3.2%. The global death rate stands at 3.4%.
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