Breaking: Nigeria Overtakes Algeria as Third in Africa as NCDC Reports 387 New Covid-19 Cases, 254 in Lagos

Ejike Kanife

Nigeria has overtaken Algeria in third place on the African Covid-19 log as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 387 new Covid-19 cases in the country. The latest figure which nearly equalled the country’s highest tally for one day (389 recorded on May 27) brings the total number of confirmed cases to 9,302.

Lagos dwarfed other states on the daily update with 254 new cases, nearly equalling its highest daily tally (256 recorded on May 27). This brings the total confirmed cases in the state to 4,377 representing 47% of cases in the country.

At this rate, Lagos is getting nearly 2 times the number of cases by other states combined. In Africa, apart from Nigeria, Only 2 African countries (South Africa and Egypt) are getting more daily cases than Lagos. As we shall see later, both countries recorded far more than 1,000 cases on the day.

FCT returned to the daily update with 29 new cases, bringing its total cases to 564. Jigawa and Edo continued to record relatively high numbers with 24 and 22 while much hasn’t changed with Rivers since it decided to lift its lockdown as the state got 14 new cases. Kano is still second on the national log with 942 total cases.

Only 13 states and the FCT contributed to the large numbers recorded in the last 24 hours. Of the 13 states, the Northeast had the highest representation with 4 states (Borno, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi). The Southwest (Lagos, Oyo, Ondo) and the Northwest (Jigawa, Kaduna and Kano) got 3 states each.

The Southsouth (Edo and Rivers) got 2 states while the Northcentral (Plateau) got 1 state. No new cases were recorded in the South East.

Thus, the Southwest has the highest number of cases with 4,987. The Northwest is next with 2,021 confirmed cases. The Northeast has 761. Southsouth has a total of 566. The Northcentral is next with 289 while the Southeast has the fewest cases just 113.

Testing, recoveries, deaths and active cases

A total of 58,726 tests have been carried out in the country. While this may seem impressive, it is important to note that the countries above Nigeria in Africa have conducted far more. Egypt with the second-highest cases in Africa has 135,000 while South Africa at the top of the continental log has conducted more than 680,000 tests.

Nigeria is largely playing catch up. It isn’t a wonder that more Nigerians think there are more cases than the NCDC is reporting.

105 new recoveries were recorded on the day in question. This brings the total discharged cases to 2,697 giving the country an improved recovery rate of 28.9%.

Only 2 new deaths were recorded on the day under review to bring the total number of deaths recorded in the country to 261. This gives the country an improved mortality rate of 2.8%.

Currently, there are 6,344 active cases in the country. This means 68.2% of cases are yet to be resolved in the country.

Africa and the world

As earlier noted, South Africa and Egypt are having a difficult time containing the spread. Standing first and second respectively on the African Covid-19 log, both countries recorded more than 1,000 cases in 24 hours.

South Africa got a total of 1,837 new cases in just 24 hours to bring its total number of confirmed cases to 29,240. Egypt, on the other hand, amassed 1,289 new Covid-19 cases to bring its total to 22,082. Nigeria comes a distant third with 9,302 total cases.

Egypt still has the highest deaths in Africa with 879. Algeria is still second with 638 but all that is about to change as South Africa, with 611 deaths presently, looks set to overtake Algeria on that account in the coming days.

Globally, there are 6,033,875 confirmed cases. Recovered and discharged cases amount to 2,661,212 while total deaths amount to 366,894. Global recovery rate is currently 44% while the mortality rate is 6%.

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