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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 17th of September 2020, 131 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.



The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 56,735 confirmed cases.

On the 17th of September 2020, 131 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,609 samples across the country.

To date, 56,735 cases have been confirmed, 48,092 cases have been discharged and 1,093 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 482,321  tests have been carried out as of September 17th, 2020 compared to 479,712 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 17th September 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 56,735
  • Total Number Discharged – 48,092
  • Total Deaths – 1,093
  • Total Tests Carried out – 482,321

According to the NCDC, the 131 new cases were reported from 18 states- Lagos (45), Kaduna (17), Plateau (17), FCT (16), Delta (6), Niger (6), Kwara (5), Oyo (3), Akwa Ibom (2), Cross River (2), Ekiti (2), Enugu (2), Osun (2), Sokoto (2), Bauchi (1), Ebonyi (1), Katsina (1), Rivers (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 18,768, followed by Abuja (5,504), Oyo (3,226), Plateau (3,175), Edo (2,610), Kaduna (2,322), Rivers (2,209), Delta (1,799), Ogun (1,755), Kano (1,733), Ondo (1,590), Enugu (1,234), Ebonyi (1,035), Kwara (1,009), Katsina (845), Abia (835), Osun (807), Gombe (779), Borno (741), and Bauchi (682).

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Imo State has recorded 551 cases, Benue (467), Nasarawa (447), Bayelsa (393),  Jigawa (322), Ekiti (307), Akwa Ibom (288), Niger (250), Anambra (232), Adamawa (230), Sokoto (161), Taraba (95), Kebbi (93), Cross River (85), Zamfara (78), Yobe (73), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

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  1. Jamilu Ahmed jibril

    April 26, 2020 at 9:04 am

    May Allah bring an end to this calamities Ameen

    • Musbahu abdullahi nuhu

      June 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      May Allah show us an end of this dangerous disease

  2. Akughur Patrick

    May 5, 2020 at 7:09 am

    It will serve better if the federal government of Nigeria have giving out money to poor Nigerians to manage their lives indoor than to ease the covid 19 lockdown to increase the spread of the virus. This money in its distribution needs to be through bank accounts of the individuals to avoid exploitation of the poor by big and corrupt Nigerians

  3. BlessedHeart

    May 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    May God help us over this deadly plaque

  4. Anonymous

    May 11, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Why is it that is only in Nigeria that the Corona virus is displayed in figure….it seems it is scam not even real

    • Jenny

      May 12, 2020 at 6:38 am

      Na so

    • Anonymous

      May 24, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      i wonder ooooooooooooooooo

      • Abubabaka dauda

        June 19, 2020 at 12:05 am

        Abubabaka funtua

    • Anonymous

      June 28, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Yes oo it seems ur thinking wat am thinking

  5. Anonymous

    May 11, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    There are know Corona virus cases in Nigeria is just to scamming Europe union to collected money for the of the citizen please Nigeria leaders stop scamming the European union because our family is dead for hungry because we the Nigeria citizens we are suffering /

    • Anonymous

      May 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

      There is no Corona virus in nigeria.its all propaganda by the FG

    • Liberty

      May 19, 2020 at 7:23 am

      The comments of the people are irritating may God have mercy on us, you need to thank God for being alive, truly there is corojack in Nigeria but God himself suppress coromadness for His people

  6. aliyyahadenikeadewale

    May 12, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Allah will protect from this Covid-19 in this Ramadan and I pray to Allah to heal the world

    • Anonymous

      May 18, 2020 at 4:08 am

      God punish you Nigeria government

    • Anonymous

      May 19, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Amen Ya Allah

  7. Anonymous

    May 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Nigeria government stop the lie no Corona virus in Nigeria

  8. Musa

    May 18, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Why Nigeria federal government are very wicked

  9. David

    May 18, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Sounds annoying, look at the childish preventive measures provided by the screwed up government body. It makes me sick 🙄. If corona virus is actually in Nigeria then half of the population is gone, because the preventive measures is just formalities. If face mask could prevent corona virus then the doctors treating covid-19 patients would never be infected because they cover all their body. It’s time for NCDC to make money and gamble with people life. Crap government system.

    • Anonymous

      June 28, 2020 at 2:48 am

      Why is it only Lagos number increase massively much more then other populated town like Kano, Port and others. Why Lagos always?

  10. Anonymous

    May 19, 2020 at 6:08 am

    What measures are putting in place to address this spread? What am seeing here is more of a sport reporter telling the fans who is topping the league.
    Fact, there are covid 19 infected people but the actual number………???

  11. Anonymos

    May 19, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Money should be disturbed through bank account,and who ever gave this ncdc our number should also give them our account number

  12. Anonymous

    May 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Gov yahyah Bello have spoken the truth over coronavirus in Nigeria. All is scam .I just dey pass by ni oo

    • Emiko

      June 16, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      I believe Kogi State represents the face of Coronavirus in Nigeria. Period

  13. Anonymous

    May 22, 2020 at 5:43 pm


  14. Anonymous

    May 29, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Nigeria leaders una useless Sha abi ?

  15. Anonymous

    May 29, 2020 at 11:27 am

    All this fakes opdates,idiot all

  16. Annie Mouse

    May 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Absolute twaddle – there are 500 new cases in Bonny alone. People are dying and the mortuary full. This is an International emergency and the State and National government are just sweeping it under the carpet.

  17. Vin Ejikeme

    June 8, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Mumu people

  18. Anonymous

    June 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    God will seek your protection

  19. Michael

    June 11, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    God help us all

  20. Emiko

    June 16, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    In my humble opinion, Kogi State is the ideal face of Coronavirus in Nigeria. Zero case. Not as if few people dont die there. But not because of some phantom disease

  21. Johnson

    June 22, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Ncdc is scamdemic behind this pandemic

  22. Anonymous

    June 25, 2020 at 5:37 am

    When will this scam end. Oh God help us pass judgement on Nigeria politicians for feceivibg the citizens at all levels of governance.

  23. Diamond

    June 25, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Please publish my email if u want to is better to die by something else than to die by hunger, they r doing all this because they r feeding well with their families. God will punish their generations

  24. Anonymos

    June 28, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Enough of this,our leaders re making money out of this leave us to hustle for our dailylives if we perish we perish
    You people will always increase the number without showing the infected people ,I dont know if government thinks Nigerians re kids we

  25. Anonymous

    June 28, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Lagos government is not proactive about the covid19 rise every day or they don’t have ideas on what to do

  26. Ladidi Ibrahim Baffa

    July 6, 2020 at 6:20 am

    May Allah forgive us, but only God can protect us.
    Most of the Nigeria leaders didn’t have human feeling……

  27. Dan Umeh

    July 6, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Does infrared thermometer confirm the status of a patient? How many persons are tested in a day and how long does it take for a result to come out. How many testing kits do we have in each state. It will be confusing the record to use infrared thermometer temperature record as a confirmed case of covid-19.

  28. Aminu aliyu

    August 16, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I Aminu aliyu i need covid

  29. Anonymous

    September 3, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Let god end this coronavirus that thing will be all light and people will continue thier nomal life

  30. mark

    September 3, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Let god end this coronavirus that thing will be all light and people will continue thier nomal life.

  31. Anonymous

    September 16, 2020 at 12:37 am

    How can we get access to the Nigerian COVID 19 dataset?

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FG says international passengers must be tested by private labs 7 days after returning

The directive is aimed at early detection of the virus and reducing the risk of its further transmission.



FG says international passengers must be tested by private labs 7 days after returning

The Federal Government has announced that all returning international passengers must be tested by a certified private laboratory after 7 days, on returning to the country.

This disclosure was made by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, during the briefing of the task force on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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He said that it was to enable early detection of the coronavirus disease and reduce the risk of its further transmission.

Dr. Aliyu stated, “To enable early detection and reduce the risk of further transmission based on data and our current laboratory capacity, all incoming travelers must be tested by a certified private laboratory after 7 days of returning to the country.

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And there are only three criteria for these private laboratories to get on to the portal. Firstly, they have to be licensed through the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria. Secondly, they must have undergone a process of validation and optimization by NCDC, and then thirdly, they must be accredited by the state government because their results will feed into the state numbers.’

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He said that the Federal Government had already reached out to states, urging them to work with the private laboratories within their areas and come up with the list of accredited laboratories that were able to meet those requirements.

Although Dr. Sani Aliyu revealed that at the moment, they only had portals for Lagos and Abuja, he said there were arrangements with the laboratories serving these areas to be responsible for collecting samples for passengers outside Lagos and Abuja.

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He also noted that they were working very hard to open up more private laboratories across the rest of the country. He said that the government believed that as more laboratories get registered and came on to the portal, it would be easier to continue to push down the cost of PCR test.

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Moderna to seek emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna said the FDA will determine the health-risk of vaccine.



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Moderna Inc has concluded plans to seek for emergency authorization for the use of its Covid-19 vaccine on high-risk groups if it proves to be at least 70% effective.

This disclosure was made by the Chief Executive Officer of Moderna, Stephane Bancel, during a telephone interview with Reuters.

Bancel said, “If the interim readout is deemed by the independent safety committee as positive with 70 or 80 or 90% efficacy, we will indeed consider approval. At such a level of efficacy, if we get there, we can protect a lot of lives in the people at the highest risk, and so, we will consider filing for an EUA for a very limited population.”

He disclosed that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will determine whether the benefit of the vaccine to a small group of high-risk individuals is greater than the risk of not having a full readout of safety data from all 30,000 study participants.

Bancel noted that the 2 groups of high-risk individuals who might be covered in such Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) would be the healthcare workers and the elderly.

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According to him, the company wants to gather more data on the safety of the vaccine in the study population over a period of several months before seeking full FDA’s approval.

Moderna’s vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, which is at the conclusion stage with its move to enrol 30,000 volunteers in a final stage trial of a novel coronavirus vaccine may be able to announce its success early if it is able to show that people who got doses of the vaccine fared much better in its trial than people who didn’t.

Vaccines must show they are at least 50% more effective than a placebo to be considered for approval. Government officials said that in order to show its effectiveness, at least 150 people with Covid-19 infections must be recorded as trial participants with at least twice as many occurring among the placebo group.

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COVID-19: Africa’s recovery will need billions of dollars- IMF

Investing in a resilient African future will be more cost-effective than rebuilding after crises.



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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that Africa will need hundreds of billions of dollars to deal with the economic fall out of the Coronavirus pandemic on continent’s economy. 

This was announced by IMF’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva and Abebe Aemro Selassie, Chief of African operations in a statement titled “Charting a Path for a Resilient Recovery in Sub Saharan Africa”. 

According to the global lender, Africa needs a recovery that raises resilience to not just save lives but also boost higher standards of living; citing studies that showed expanding internet access in sub-Saharan Africa by 10% of the population could increase real per capita GDP growth by as much as 4% points. 

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To achieve this, fiscal and financial policies need to prioritize investing in people, infrastructure, and coping mechanisms,” IMF said. 

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The Bank added that investing in healthcare and education can pay large dividends in terms of growth, productivity, gender equity, and living standards, however investing in people are critical for resilience. 

But investing in people is more than just finding better ways to do existing jobs. It is also about carving out new jobs. Better jobs. It is therefore vital to invest in building digital skills,” it added.

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The IMF announced in June’s World Economic Outlook  that “projection for sub-Saharan Africa overall is a negative 3.2 % in 2020 with a recovery in 2021 of 3.4%.”  

For infrastructure the IMF added that infrastructure is needed for a resilient economy, however ina scenario where large scale investments are needed, the focus needs to be smart, green and inclusive 

This means moving towards other renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. This shift will help reduce carbon emissions, spread electrification, and create jobs.

“In Kenya, the government increased access to electricity from 40 to 70% of the population in large part through the use of small, off-grid, solar-powered energy plants,” it added. 

IMF forecasts that investing in a resilient African future will be more cost-effective than repeated rebuilding after crises or disasters, as it encourages a more resilient route to development in Africa. 


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