Breaking: NCDC Reports 338 New Covid-19 Cases After Only 928 Tests as Nigeria Hits 5,959 Total Cases


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 338 new cases of Covid-19 in the country (May 17). This is the first time there have been more than 300 new cases since May 8 when the NCDC reported 386 cases. With this latest update, the total confirmed cases in the country are now 5,959.

Lagos remained top on the daily update after registering a whopping 177 new cases to finish the day with 2,550 confirmed cases. This means 42.7% of cases in the country are currently in Lagos.

Kano returned to the daily update after a one-day absence with 64 new cases which gives the state a new total of 825 confirmed cases. FCT got 21 new cases and finished the day with 418.

The much-touted lockdown in Rivers state doesn’t appear to be preventing much as 16 new cases were recorded in the state to give it a total of 51 confirmed cases. Plateau recorded its highest daily figures with 14 new cases, bringing its total to 35.

By regional representation, one-third of the 18 states documented in the new update is from the Northwest (Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto). The Southwest had three states in representation (Lagos, Oyo and Ondo) as did the Southsouth (Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom) and the Northeast (Bauchi, Borno and Gombe).

The Northcentral (Plateau) and the Northeast (Abia) both had one state in representation.

Testing, recoveries, deaths and active cases

For such a large number of new cases, one would expect the country to have carried out an even larger number of testing. But alas, the NCDC achieved this number with only 928 new tests.

To put it in perspective, last time Nigeria recorded more than 300 new cases (May 8), the NCDC carried out 1,343 tests. But today, the country seems to get such a large amount of cases with far fewer tests. This is a huge cause of concern.

The NCDC has recorded a total of 33,870 tests in the country.

An impressive 122 new discharged cases were recorded in the new update. This brings the number of discharged cases to 1,594 representing a recovery rate of 26.7%, an improvement fro 26.1% recorded the day before, giving the country 7 consecutive days of improved recovery rates.

Six new Covid-19 deaths were recorded on the day in review to bring the total number of deaths to 182. This puts Nigeria’s Covid-19 mortality rate at 3%, an improvement from 3.1%.

Currently, there are 4,183 active cases in the country. This means 70.1% of cases in the country are yet unresolved.

Africa and the world

On the continent, South Africa continues to register incredible figures with 1,160 new cases to bring its total number 15,515. Egypt is second after registering 510 new cases to bring its total to 12,229. Algeria remains in the third spot with 7,019 total cases after getting 198 new cases.

Nigeria temporarily overtakes Ghana in 6th spot as the country seems to pause its activities over the weekend.

The United States of America continues to lead the world after recording 19,803‬ new cases to finish the day with 1,527,664 confirmed cases. There have been 90,978 deaths while 346,389 have recovered.

Total confirmed cases in the world are currently 4,801,532. Total recoveries now stand at 1,858,108 while 316,663 have died.

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