The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday, 18th April 2021 announced that 26 new cases of the covid-19 disease were confirmed in the country. This is the lowest daily case tally recorded in over 1 year in Nigeria.
The last time Nigeria recorded less than 26 new cases of the disease was the 13th of April 2020, a little over a year ago. This was during the lockdown implemented by the federal government to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country.
Highlight of Covid-19 Cases in Nigeria
- A total of 164,233 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria from inception to date, representing the seventh highest in Africa, behind Libya (171,880) and Egypt (516,334).
- According to the NCDC, a total of 1.84 million samples have been tested for the virus in the country, as of 18th April 2021.
- The number of patients still in admission stood at 7,840 having recorded 2,061 covid related deaths and discharged 154,332 patients.
- Lagos State tops the list of states with the highest confirmed cases with 58,119 confirmed cases as of the time of writing this article, followed by Abuja with 19,747 cases.
- A total of 142.02 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, 3.03 million deaths and 120.57 million people have been discharged.
Nigeria continues to roll out the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine nationwide as about 1.08 million people have received the vaccine to date.
What this means
- The faster the pandemic curve of Nigeria flattens, the faster Nigerians can hope to resume business activities to the fullest capacity and hope to recover from the current economic downturn.
- With headline inflation rate at a record high, food inflation, unemployment, and other macroeconomic indicators soaring, the government will hope to have a covid free nation to run, so as to expedite the country’s recovery.