Breaking: NCDC Reports 170 New Covid-19 Cases After Conducting 978 New Tests
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 170 new cases of coronavirus to bring Nigeria’s total Covid-19 cases to 2,558 as of 3rd May 2020. While this is significantly lower than more than 200 cases recorded in the previous 3 days, it is still a lot of cases.
Lagos maintained its spot a the top of the daily update for the second consecutive day after a two-day absence with 39 new cases. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state to 1,107, up from 1,068 recorded the day before.
Kano is next on the daily update with 29 new cases which brings the state’s tally to 342, solidifying its second spot on the log. Ogun state recorded 24 new cases while Bauchi got 18. The FCT remained third on the log with 278 total cases as it recorded 12 cases in the last 24 hours.
The two states yet to record a single Covid-19 case are still holding out as there are no debuting states on the NCDC daily log. This means 34 states with the FCT have recorded Covid-19 cases.
The two states yet to record a single case include Kogi and Cross River state.
Testing, Recoveries, deaths and total active cases
Nigeria carried out 978 new tests within the last 24 hours to bring the total number of Coronavirus tests to 17,566. With over 117,000 tests, Ghana has carried out nearly 100,000 more tests. This tells the story of very poor detection rate which is a very big problem.
15 new recoveries were reported in the NCDC update to bring the total number of discharged persons to 400. This sends the recovery ratio crashing to 15.6%, after remaining stagnant at 16.1% for two consecutive days.
Only 2 new Covid 19 deaths were recorded within the last 24 hours, representing a significant 1,350% reduction from 17 deaths recorded the day before. This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 87 and improving Nigeria’s Covid-19 death rate to 3.4% from 3.5%.
With 3,566,201 total cases around the world, global recovery rate currently stands at 32.2%. Global death rate is 7% while active cases is 60.6%.
With 170 new cases recorded,15 new recoveries and 2 new deaths, the number of active cases in the country has increased to 2071, up from 1918 recorded the day before. This brings the rate of active Covid-19 cases in Nigeria to 81%, up from 80.3% recorded the day before.
Mysterious Kano deaths linked to Covid-19
Leader of the Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19, Dr. Nasiru Sani Gwarzo has concluded that most of over 200 mysterious deaths recorded in Kano were caused by the coronavirus.
“Let me inform us that most of the deaths recorded of recent and test carried out showed that Coronavirus was the cause.Dr Nasiru sani Gwarzo, Head of Presidential Task Force on Covid-19
While noting that the official report would be ready in a week, the leader asked the people of Kano to wake up from their slumber. Mr Gwarzo however, didn’t say how many of the deaths were caused by coronavirus. In the same vein, it is yet unclear if and when the NCDC would officially record those deaths as Covid-19 deaths.
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