Nigeria’s coronavirus cases has officially crossed 50,000 as at Wednesday August 19, 2020. This is according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to the latest data, 50,488 cases have been confirmed, 37,304 cases have been discharged and 985 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
593 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
985 deaths pic.twitter.com/GNVBb96U0E
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) August 19, 2020
A total of 363,331 tests have been carried out as at August 19, 2020.
Back story: On July 27, 2020, Nairametrics reported that the nation officially beat a 40,000 mark when it recorded a total of 40,532 coronavirus cases as at Sunday, July 26th, 2020. This is according to data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
Lagos still leading
Lagos State leads with 17,092 cases as at August 19th, about 35.4% of total cases in the country. Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case in late February and embarked on a lockdown of two of its major cities of Lagos and Abuja, also restricting interstate travel.
A Nairametrics report in June projected Nigeria’s caseloads could top 200k by December going by an average of 500 new cases. Nigeria recorded a total of 15, 540 cases in June alone, the highest for any month on record at the time. July topped that figure with over 28,000 cases recorded. August will likely beat July record, as it has recorded over 22,000 cases already.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 case count is about 10% of South Africa’s 592,114 cases, the 5th largest in the world and number one in Africa. Africa currently has 1.132 million cases and could hit about 2 million cases by the end of October 2020. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people.
Over 1.1 million confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 859,000 recoveries & 26,000 deaths cumulatively.
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) August 19, 2020
Globally, there have been 22.5 million COVID-19 cases with the United States still the country with the most cases. The US has 5.55 million cases followed by Brazil and India with 3.46 million and 2.83 million cases respectively. There are 789,868 global deaths recorded.
About seven Nigerian state governors have tested positive (but later tested negative after isolation and treatment) for the coronavirus. While several government officials have tested positive, some lawmakers and politicians also died of COVID-19 complications in recent weeks.