COVID-19: Nigeria’s Cases Increase By 135% In 3 Weeks

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased by 135 per cent between May 30 and June 24, 2020.

As at June 24, the cases numbered 22, 020, a startling jump from the 9, 855 cases recorded on May 30.

This means that Nigeria has recorded 12, 165 cases in three weeks alone which is 2, 310 cases more than it recorded in the first three months of the pandemic.

Total deaths recorded so far is 542 with cases in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the Southeast, skyrocketing.

According to an analysis by Dr Sadiq Umar Abubakar Gombe, the National Average Spread of the COVID-19 by States/FCT is 578 cases per state/FCT.

Seven states and the FCT have figures above the national average spread, Gombe noted.

Three of the states are in the Southwest – Lagos-9,323, Oyo-1,155 and Ogun-721 cases.

Two are in the Northwest – Kano-1,191 and Kaduna-635 while two states are in the South-South – Rivers-930 and Edo-817 cases. The FCT has 1,622 cases.

Twenty-nine states have cases below the national average spread among which are Kogi with only three confirmed cases and Cross Rivers with no confirmed case.

Figures from the North jumped from 3,122 cases as at May 30 to 5,271 cases, an increase of about 60 per cent while figures in the South jumped by about 150 per cent from 6, 017 cases to 15, 117 cases.

In FCT, cases moved from 616 cases on May 30 to 1,622 cases by June 24, 2020.

The Southwest has 11,469 cases, which is 52 per cent of the national total.

The disease infection is spread in all the six states with Lagos alone having 9,323 cases which is over 45 per cent of the national total and over 85 per cent of the cases in the Southwest zone.

Northwest has 14 per cent of national total cases, spread in all seven states, with Kano having 1,191 cases which is nine per cent of the national total cases and about 45 per cent of the cases in the zone.

South-South has 2,623 cases, which is 12 per cent of the national total spread with no single confirmed case in Cross River State.

Northeast has 1,583 cases which is seven per cent of national total cases, spread in all the six states.

Southeast has 1,031 cases but with the highest increase of almost eight times. However, it has 4.54 per cent of the national total.

North Central has 832 cases and is the zone with the least confirmed cases but the numbers have doubled in the last three weeks. It represents four per cent of the national total spread.

Breaking the analysis to the North/South shows that in the North there are 5,271 cases, which increased by over 60 per cent but accounts for 24 per cent of the national total spread as against the South’s 15,117 cases which is 69 per cent of the national spread and FCT accounts for seven per cent of the total cases nationwide.

Covid19 Spread June, 24 2020 - Nigeria

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Anita Eboigbe

Anita Eboigbe is a journalist and data analyst with nearly a decade of media and communications experience in Nigeria. She has expertise in human interest reporting, data reporting, interactive content development and media business management. Anita has written for several national and international publications with a focus on communication for development. She holds an honours degree in Mass Communication and several certifications in data analysis and data journalism.

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