Breaking: Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 100 as Nigeria Surpasses 3,000 Total Cases

Ejike Kanife

Nigeria has finally crossed 3,000 cases as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) updated the coronavirus log with 195 new cases. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,145.

Lagos continued its dominance on the daily log with 82 new cases, its second-highest daily tally. While this is a lot, it does not surpass its highest daily number of 87 new cases recorded on April 29th. The daily figure, however, gives Lagos a total of 1,308 cases representing 41.5% of total cases.

The 2-week lockdown imposed on Kano doesn’t seem to be doing much as the northwestern state recorded 30 new cases to consolidate its second spot with 427 total confirmed cases. Kano state still holds the daily record with 92 cases recorded on May 1.

The FCT is still third on the table with 316 total cases after recording 9 new cases in the last 24 hours. However, Zamfara (19), Sokoto (18) and Borno (10) all got more new daily cases than the FCT.

The northwest continues to lead in regional representation with 6 out of the 13 states in the latest NCDC update. This is nearly half the number of states represented. The northeast and southwest have 3 states appease.

34 states with the FCT have recorded Covid-19 cases with two states, Kogi and Cross Rivers holding out without a single recorded case.

Testing, recoveries, deaths and active cases

Nigeria has surpassed 1,000 cases per day after carrying out 1,696 new tests within the last 24 hours. This is far more superior 976 carried out the day before. Total testing carried out in the country is now 21,208.

The NCDC recorded 53 new recoveries to bring the total number of discharged cases to 534, up from 481 recorded the day before. This sends the country’s recovery rate jumping from 16.3% to 16.9%, rising for the second consecutive day after falling for three consecutive days.

Breaking: Death Toll Crosses 100 as Nigeria Surpasses 3,000 Coronavirus Cases

Total Covid-19 deaths finally cross 100 with five new Covid-19 deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 103. This gives the nation a death rate of 3.2%, a very slight improvement from the 3.3% it has remained stagnant in the two previous days.

Total active cases in the country are currently 2,508, representing 79.7% of all cases.

With more than 3.8 million cases of Covid-19, the world looks set to surpass 4 million cases anytime from now. Nearly 1.3 million people have recovered while more than 264,000 people have died from the virus.

Coronavirus and the Jewel of the Savannah

Pandemonium broke out in Gombe state after confirmed Covid-19 patients broke out of the isolation centre in Kwadom and took over the streets in protest of the poor treatment and deplorable conditions they were left in.

According to reports, the protesting patients who blocked a major highway were soon joined by hundreds of healthy people all chanting that coronavirus is a lie. This points to two things that won’t amount to any good for the nation. First is the poor management of the crisis by the government.

Then the poor attitude of the Nigerian people, many of whom are yet to believe Covid-19 is real. One can only hope that with this act of unbridled irresponsibility, the Jewel of the Savannah won’t be reduced to the Graveyard of the Savannah.

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