COVID-19 in Nigeria, May

Nigeria // 26 May, 2020

At least 8,068 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, including 233 deaths. Visit the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) website for more details.

26 May: Over 8000 cases have been confirmed, 2311 cases have been discharged and 233 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory. No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours. Most cases (around 60%) have been registered in Lagos and Kano states, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Testing capacity has increased across the country.

23 May: A further 584 cases and 21 deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 7,261 cases and 221 deaths. Testing capacity has improved with over 43,000 people tested, At least 34 states and the Federal capital Territory (FCT) have reported at least one confirmed case. States that have reported the highest number of cases in the past week were Lagos (676), Kano (86), Oyo (86), Federal Capital Territory (49), Rivers (46), Katsina (42), Plateau (36), Ogun (33), Borno (31), Edo (26) and Jigawa (20). The Nigerian government extended the reduced restrictions by two weeks. In Borno State, the epicentre of the north-east, markets are reported to be busy and compliance re social distancing and use of face-masks poor.

21 May: A further 284 cases nad eight deaths have been reported, bringing the total to exceed 6,600 cases.

17 May: Media reports of a surge in deaths in Kano city suggest a large COVID-19 outbreak may be underway, despite official numbers not reflecting the ground situation. Additionally, media report that a large proportion of medical staff in Kano have tested positive for the disease. Official reports from the NCDC state 5,959 cases confirmed and 182 deaths nationwide. Of these, 825 (14%) cases and 36 (20%) deaths are reported in Kano, the second most affected state after Lagos (43% of cases and 20% of deaths).

14 May: Nigeria now records a further 184 new cases bringing the total to 4,971 including, 164 deaths.

11 May: 248 new cases and 17 deaths have been reported. The most affected region is Lagos with 1,845 cases. Last week, Nigeria has reported a 74% increase in cases and 50% increase in deaths compared to the previous nine weeks.

7 May: 195 new cases and five deaths have been reported.

4 May: At least 170 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 2,558 with 87 deaths. In Kano State, there have been over 600 deaths of unknown cause. These were recently linked to COVID-19 by the Head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria, but the state government had previously denied any connection to COVID-19. Official reports will be released in the next few days.

1 May: 204 new cases and seven deaths have been reported. The most affected region is Lagos with 976 cases followed by Kano with 219 cases. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will begin to expand testing capacity over the next three months, aiming to test about two million people, which can be achieved by performing 50,000 tests per state.








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