Nigeria lost over 1,000 lives to the Coronavirus pandemic as at Sunday August 23, 2020. This is according to data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The data revealed that the nation recorded 1002 deaths, 52,227 confirmed cases, and discharged 38,945 cases across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The figure reported by the NCDC in its latest update on the disease on Sunday shows that five more people infected with COVID-19 died in the last 24 hours.
Back story: Nairametrics had reported when Nigeria’s coronavirus cases officially crossed 50,000 on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
Data, as at then, stated that 50,488 cases had been confirmed, 37,304 cases had been discharged and 985 deaths had been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
322 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;
1002 deaths pic.twitter.com/HvHcYSS3PS
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) August 23, 2020
Lagos State leads with 17, 894 cases as at August 23rd, about 34.26% 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 that 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’s record, as it has recorded over 24,000 cases already.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 case count is less than 10% of South Africa’s 607,045 cases, the 5th largest in the world and number one in Africa.
Over 1.1 million confirmed #COVID19 cases on the African continent – with more than 899,000 recoveries & 27,000 deaths cumulatively.
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) August 23, 2020
Africa currently has 1.17 million cases and could hit about 2 million cases by the end of October 2020.
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