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Nigeria surpasses 150,000 cases of Covid-19

NCDC announced 877 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths of covid-19 on Thursday, which takes the total tally to 150,246 cases and 1,803 deaths.



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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases surpassed 150,000 on Thursday, 18th February 2021.

This came after the agency announced 877 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths on Thursday, which takes the total number of cases to 150,246 and 1,803 deaths.

Meanwhile, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria, as reported earlier by Nairametrics.

It is worth noting that as of the time of writing this article, only 72 countries have recorded over 150,000 cases of the disease in the world, with Nigeria behind Qatar (159,246), and Honduras (162,584), while Ethiopia has recorded 150,179 cases to date.

READ: NCDC discloses that 4 cases of UK Covid-19 strain found in Nigeria


  • Total cases – 150,246
  • Discharged – 126,417
  • Deaths – 1,803
  • Sample tested – 1,441,013

So far in 2021, a total of 60,924 cases of the disease have been registered in Nigeria, which about 70% of 87,606 cases recorded in the whole of 2020. In January alone, 42,296 cases of the disease was recorded, placing Nigeria into the second wave of the pandemic after recording over 19,000 cases during the month of December.

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States with highest cases

As of 18th February 2021, Lagos State leads with a total registered case of 53,998, followed by Abuja with 18,814 cases. Plateau has also recorded 8,804 cases so far, while Kaduna with 8,245 cases stands in fourth.

Others include; Oyo (6,590), Rivers (6,235), Edo (4,408), Ogun (3,911), Kano (3,592), and Ondo (2,862).

READ: Only 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations – UN Secretary-General

What you should know

A total of 110.84 million cases of covid-19 have been recorded worldwide, with total deaths estimated at 2.45 million, while 85.79 million people are recorded to have recovered from the disease.

  • Nigeria currently stands fifth behind Egypt (176,333) and Tunisia (226,015) as countries with the highest number of cases in Africa.
  • A total 1.44 million tests have been carried out in Nigeria, bringing our tests per one million population to 6,883, one of the lowest in the continent.

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