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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 19th of October 2020, 118 new confirmed cases 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 61,558 confirmed cases.

On the 19th of October 2020, 118 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 11,794 samples across the country.

To date, 61,558 cases have been confirmed, 56,697 cases have been discharged and 1125 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 590,635 tests have been carried out as of October 19th, 2020 compared to 578,841 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 19th October 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 61,558
  • Total Number Discharged – 56,697
  • Total Deaths – 1,1125
  • Total Tests Carried out – 590,635

According to the NCDC, The 118 new cases are reported from 10 states – Lagos (51), Rivers (26), Imo (12), Osun (8), Plateau (6), FCT (5), Kaduna (4), Ogun (3), Edo (2), Niger (1)

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,696, followed by Abuja (5,923), Plateau (3,587), Oyo (3,415), Rivers (2,735), Edo (2,645), Kaduna (2,532), Ogun (1,983), Delta (1,812), Kano (1,741), Ondo (1,657), Enugu (1,313),  Kwara (1,050), Ebonyi (1,049), Osun (916), Katsina (904), Abia (898), Gombe (883).  Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).

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Imo State has recorded 610 cases, Benue (484), Nasarawa (478), Bayelsa (403),  Ekiti (329), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (275), Niger (274), Adamawa (248), Sokoto (162), Taraba (117), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Zamfara and Yobe (79), 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.

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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

    • Lana Emmanuel

      October 20, 2020 at 10:01 am

      May God help Us

  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

    • Anonymous

      October 11, 2020 at 3:18 am

      My lovely people there is no Corona virus in Nigeria believe me they are all scam

  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?


    October 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm


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#EndSARS: FG expects increase in Covid-19 cases in the next 2 weeks

FG has warned that the ongoing #EndSARS protest may spark up a second wave of coronavirus.



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The Federal Government has warned that Nigerians should expect an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country in the next 2 weeks.

This is due to the total disregard of the preventive measures against the virus during the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protest which has been witnessing huge gatherings.

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This disclosure was made by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, at the national briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday, October 20, 2020.

He said despite the appreciable success recorded so far in the fight against COVID-19, the ongoing protest may spark up a second wave of the virus.

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Mustapha said, “I can say it authoritatively that with the ongoing protest across the country, in the next two weeks the cases of COVID-19 would have increased. Each and everyone that attended the protest and did not put up any form of protection is likely going to spread the virus. When people contract the virus during the protest gathering, they will go back home and spread it.

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“This is one of the reasons why we must be extremely careful when we congregate because when you gather together in such an atmosphere where people don’t wear face masks or maintain the social distance you are creating a potential opportunity for carriers to spread the virus.

“So far we have done pretty well as a country but this protest is like a setback and we must avoid a situation where we will have a resurgence. Countries that thought they have overcome are dealing with the second wave. We are extremely lucky as a nation and we should be careful of any situation that can warrant the second wave.”

He said any mass gathering that does not adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions that have been put in place, like wearing of face masks, social distancing, and keeping personal hygiene, becomes a super spreader event.

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What it means: With the expected spike in the number of Covid-19 cases due to these protests across the country, Nigeria runs the risk of having a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak which had before now been on a decline. This could lead to the resumption of lockdown measures by the government, in order to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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China’s economy bounces back from COVID-19 slump, with a growth of 4.9% in Q3 2020

The Chinese economy has seen a growth of 4.9% between July and September, rising from the slump of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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The Chinese economy has continued to show stronger recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as its economy saw growth of 4.9% between July and September – Q3 2020, compared to the same quarter last year. However, the figure is lower than the 5.2% projected by most international economists.

China is now leading the charge for a global recovery based on its latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data. The near 5% growth is a far cry from the slump the Chinese economy suffered at the start of 2020 when the pandemic first emerged.

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China’s trade figures for September also pointed to a stronger recovery, with exports growing by 9.9% and imports growing by 13.2% compared to September last year.

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It appears to be a broadening recovery with the important services sector rebounding. Domestic tourists and travelers have probably helped the recovery continue by spending their money at home because global restrictions mean they can’t yet go abroad. With international travel severely restricted, millions of Chinese have been traveling and spending domestically.

READ: OECD reduces global economic decline to 4.5% from earlier forecast of 6% 

What you should know

  • While the COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the year’s growth targets, China remains in a trade war with the US and it has relatively hurt its economy.
  • For the first three months of the year, China’s economy shrank by 6.8% when it saw nationwide shutdowns of factories and manufacturing plants. It was the first time China’s economy contracted since it started recording quarterly figures in 1992.
  • Over the previous two decades, China had seen an average economic growth rate of about 9%; although, the pace has gradually been slowing.
  • There were 637m trips in China over the eight-day holiday which generated revenue of 466.6bn RMB ($69.6bn, £53.8bn), according to data from its Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  • Duty-free sales in the tropical island province of Hainan more than doubled from last year, soaring by nearly 150% according to the local customs data.

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What they are saying

According to Iris Pang, Chief China Economist for ING in Hong Kong, “I don’t think the headline number is bad. Job creation in China is quite stable which creates more consumption.”

According to Robin Brant, BBC China correspondent, “China’s economy continues to grow at rates unimaginable in other Covid-hit countries. Draconian lockdown measures to control the virus combined with some government stimulus appeared to have worked well. While the growth of 4.9% is slightly below some forecasts, industrial output – a good barometer of state-controlled activity, came in above expectations”

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According to Yoshikiyo Shimamine, Chief Economist at the Dai-Ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo, “China’s economy remains on the recovery path, driven by a rebound in exports, but we cannot say it has completely shaken off the drag caused by the coronavirus.”

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Pfizer targets use of its Covid-19 vaccine by late November this year

Pfizer Inc. has disclosed that its Covid-19 vaccine could be available for use in the U.S. by late November.



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American pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer Inc. has disclosed that it could seek emergency-use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in the U.S. by late November if the shot is shown to be effective in a large late-stage trial.

This announcement rules out the assertion by US President, Donald Trump, that a Covid-19 vaccine would be ready before the Presidential election.

This disclosure was made by the Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, in an open letter published on the company’s website on Friday, October 16, 2020.

While noting that safety reviews will dictate the timeline, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring that at least half the people in the study be watched for side effects for two months, Bourla said that milestone should be achieved in the third week of November.

Bourla wrote, “Let me be clear, assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for emergency authorization use in the U.S. soon after the safety milestone is achieved. An initial readout on whether the vaccine is effective could come later this month, depending on how quickly subjects in the trial, some of whom got a placebo shot, become infected with the virus.’’

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Pfizer said the regulatory filing for the vaccine could come as soon as safety data are available, possibly in the third week of November, lifting the company’s shares by 2.5% in premarket US trading.

The timeline by Pfizer now allows for a possible U.S authorization of a Covid-19 vaccine later this year, a major step in controlling the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over a million people globally and devastated the world’s economy.

Although Bourla’s letter puts to rest any notion that a vaccine could be cleared for emergency use in the U.S. before Election day, a goal President Donald Trump had pushed for, the Pfizer CEO’s timetable could give the president a partial victory. If Pfizer is able to, say in late October from the data, show that its inoculation protects people from the virus, that could let Trump claim his administration successfully pushed for a working vaccine before Nov. 3, regardless of whether the FDA has reviewed it.

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Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE are on track to potentially be the first to show the efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine. They and rival vaccine developers are intensely working, with an almost unprecedented public interest in every detail of their clinical trials. Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Plc have had studies of possible vaccines or treatments delayed because of safety concerns.

The letter confirmed a timeline laid out by BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin this week. Sahin said the partners haven’t had to stop their late-stage study over safety concerns.

A group of leading scientists previously urged Pfizer to wait until at least late November before seeking emergency authorization.

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